Samsung will incorporate an eye scanner in its purported Galaxy S5 handset, according to a ZDNet Korea report. The new feature is said to be aimed at the iPhone 5S with its Apple's Touch ID system.
Users of the Galaxy S5 will be able to unlock their phones and perform other functions with the new iris sensor that is being housed in the handset. This is not the first time Samsung has used such technology in its smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S4, which came out earlier this year, had a host of eye motion-sensitive controls which allowed users to pause video play backs and scroll through pages using eye movements.
Apart from a cutting edge iris scanner, the handset is also rumoured to feature a high resolution display. This will also help Samsung's flagship product to take on LG's G2 and Google's Nexus 5, both of which have some of the richest displays.
According to the report, the handset will pack a QHD screen, which are said to be superior to the current HD displays. In fact, they offer four times the resolution of a normal 720p HD display, churning out as many as 2,560x 1,440 pixels.
Inspired by Apple's A7 chip, Samsung will reportedly use a 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor in the new handset. This may be accompanied by 3GB of RAM, and Android Kitkat 4.4 out of the box. However, there is some speculation that Samsung might even sell limited handsets featuring its homemade Tizen OS.
The Galaxy S5 is expected to make its debut much earlier than previously expected, possibly during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February. In the past, several analysts predicted this move owing to lacklustre sales of the Galaxy S4 handset.