Berlin’s annual IFA consumer electronics fair is all geared up to be a great event in this year’s technology calendar. When the trade show descends on Germany’s capital city it will play home to more than 1,200 exhibitors from 32 different countries, each one eager to show off its advancements in its own particular field. Samsung regularly introduces something new and shiny during IFA, with this year being no different as the company prepares to unveil the latest edition to its family of “phablets”, the Galaxy Note 4.
Much of the mobile-based attention has been focused on Apple’s iPhone 6 over the last few months, but as we draw closer to Samsung’s official unveiling it’s worth reigning things in and remembering that the Galaxy Note 4 hasn’t managed to entirely slip through the radar.
According to SamMobile, a number of “credible sources” are suggesting that the Galaxy Note 4 will come equipped with the same Synaptic Natural ID technology that powers the fingerprint recognition system on the extremely popular Galaxy S5. That same biometrics tech is also rumored to be shipping as part of the internal DNA of the recently announced Galaxy Alpha.
It’s hardly surprising that the next iteration of the Galaxy Note will ship with this on board. The introduction of Apple’s iPhone 5s with Touch ID last year has all but ensured that flagship handsets will ship with some kind of biometric recognition system built-in. As part of that, it makes perfect sense that Samsung would want to keep costs to a minimum as well as simplify the manufacturing process by using the same component across as many ranges as possible. In addition to the inclusion of the Synaptic LiveFlex sensor, the same report is suggesting that Samsung has some impressive advancements in store from a software perspective.
It’s likely that a lot of the Natural ID software functionality that we’ve previously seen bundled into the Galaxy S5 will make the transition across to the fourth-generation Note. In an effort to take things to the next level it also looks likely that some additional features will ship with the Note 4, including the ability to launch installed apps and various system functions directly from the lock screen of the device. It’s also speculated that a new Web sign-in feature is also on the cards, with biometric authentication being the underlying verification system behind it all.
We don’t have to wait long until this year’s IFA in Berlin to find out actually what Samsung has in store, but let’s just say if this all turns out to be credible then the future definitely looks bright for Sammy’s legion of loyal customers.
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