Samsung may have given the Android loving market what it needs with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, but the Korean company is unlikely to be satisfied with that for the remainder of 2016. Historically speaking, Samsung usually finishes off the year with the release of an upgraded version of its Galaxy Note “phablet” during the third quarter, and this year should be no different. We may be a few months off even getting an official look at the Galaxy Note 6, but already we’re starting to hear speculation about the improvements that Samsung is likely to bundle into the smartphone.
It’s a generally accepted phenomena these days that we will start being privy to reports from various sources that are familiar with what Samsung is going to bring to the tablet in the coming months. This time around, the initial reports are focusing on a couple of key inclusions that should hopefully appeal to Note lovers.
In the first instance, there is a speculation that Samsung’s sixth-generation Note hardware will come with official IP68 certification, allowing Samsung to market the device as water resistant and fully protected from the ingress of dust elements. Given the current market, along with the devices available and waterproofing features of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, we would have expected any future Samsung devices to offer the same certification, so this isn’t really a shocker.
Things get a little interesting when you start to consider the potential of Samsung including an iris scanner in the Note 6 as part of an effort to progress the level of biometric detection that devices currently offer. It is being reported that an “Iris Cam” has already been imported by Samsung to one of its huge research and development sites located in India. It doesn’t explicitly state that it’s meant for the Note 6, but the document does read “parts for Samsung Mobile”, so at a minimum, this at least tells us that Samsung is testing this type of technology for potential smartphone integration.
There’s no real definitive proof that this type of technology will be used in the Galaxy Note 6 later this year, but given the type of device and the type of demographic that it appeals to, it would almost seem like the perfect hardware to integrate an iris scanner in to.
(Source: SamMobile, GalaxyClub.nl [Google Translate])
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