The Galaxy S9 Changes Fingerprint Sensor Location and Beefs Up Security
One of the biggest complaints about the S8 was the placement of the fingerprint sensor next to the camera.
Because of this, Samsung has completely redesigned the back by placing the fingerprint sensor underneath the camera.
The Galaxy S9 can be unlocked not just by fingerprint but by a pin, iris, face, pattern or password.
Samsung says its Galaxy S9 and S9+ is protected through its defence-grade Knox security platform and biometric technologies, synonymous with its flagship devices.
Samsung has combined its facial-recognition and intelligent technologies creating a biometric security solution giving fast and secure access to its devices.
Intelligent Scan is a deep learning-based verification solution using the collective strength of the S9’s iris scanning and facial recognition allowing users to unlock their devices via a simple glance.
It works by analysing visible features the user’s face, as well as the lighting conditions of the surroundings, and determining the optimal authentication method to open the phone.
This technology uses an immense amount of data to recognise a user’s face from various angles and its irisscanning
technology can identify iris patterns from a distance.
This means if users are wearing clothing or accessories obstructing some of their face, they will not need to remove it to unlock their phone.
If the facial recognition needs help identifying the user, the iris scan kicks in to help unlock the phone and vice versa.
Samsung is planning to integrate intelligent scan into a number of applications, beginning with Samsung Pass.
The S9 has a secure folder option where users to register a dedicated fingerprint to access the folder.
This encrypted folder offers a safe, conveniently accessible home for private apps and files that users can securely lock with their Dedicated Fingerprint, or with a PIN, pattern, passcode or iris scan.
When users unlock their phone using this finger, rather than bringing them to the home screen, the device will automatically display the secure folder contents. Users can also select how they would like the folder to be displayed – either as a traditional folder, or as a launcher.
The latter will launch a secure home screen that’s populated only by their designated private apps, as well as a secure folder widget that allows them to easily add more.