Samsung Galaxy Note7 features Qualcomm iris scanning technology

August 4, 2016 - 

Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is powering Samsung’s latest smartphone model, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 for select regions.

Perhaps one of the most notable features of Samsung Galaxy Note7 is Qualcomm Haven, which offers a secure foundation for iris biometric scanning.

The new smartphone also features Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with an integrated X12 LTE modem, Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP.

“Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung continue to build upon a long history of working together to provide consumers with superior mobile experiences, and we are pleased to do so again with the Galaxy Note7,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, in concert with secure eye-based biometric authentication, offers users a truly next-generation mobile experience at their fingertips.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 will be available for purchase from August 19 in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx.

“We are pleased to offer a smartphone that comes with a secure iris scanning feature,” said Hyungsuk Kim, vice president of multimedia R&D group for Samsung Electronics’ mobile communication business. “We worked very closely with Qualcomm Technologies engineers to deliver security for biometrics technologies. The user can simply use their eyes to unlock the phone or make a mobile payment, while at ease that the latest mobile technologies are used to protect their personal and professional data.”

Previously reported, Qualcomm became the first company to support hardware-backed biometric fingerprint authentication capabilities for Tencent’s WeChat mobile payment service, enabled by the Qualcomm Haven security platform’s authentication framework.

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