The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is undoubtedly one of the most-awaited smartphones this year. The Korean company has not confirmed any details of the upcoming device but rumors of the handset have been doing the rounds in the tech space for many months.
Latest trademark applications made by Samsung hint at an iris scanner in the Galaxy Note 6.
Dutch publication Galaxy Club reports that Samsung has filed "Samsung Iris" and "Samsung Eyeprint" trademarks in Europe, which hint that the next-generation Galaxy Note 6 may come with iris scanning technology.
Fingerprint scanner in flagship mobile phones is becoming common. It can be used for unlocking handsets and authorizing online payments easily. While fingerprint scanning technology is deemed to be a safe way of protecting handsets, some market observers believe that iris recognition technology is better than fingerprint recognition systems.
Only a handful of smartphones such as Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are packed with iris recognition technology.
"With Windows Hello, your Lumia 950 or 950 XL can unlock your phone using iris recognition," says Microsoft. "To unlock your phone, press the power button. Hold the phone up in front of your face (just like during the setup), and wait for your phone to recognize you."
Apart from an iris scanner, the Galaxy Note 6 is speculated to tout a 5.8-inch screen. The phablet is also rumored to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 6 GB of RAM. If the rumor is to be believed then the Galaxy Note 6 will be the first smartphone to run on 6 GB of RAM.
Samsung is expected to reveal three variants in the next Galaxy Note series: the Galaxy Note 6, Galaxy Note 6 edge and Galaxy Note 6 Lite. The Galaxy Note 6 and the Galaxy Note 6 edge may pack in the same specs but the Lite version may run on a Snapdragon 820 processor.
The Galaxy Note 6 may come with 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage options. Samsung was criticized for not including a microSD card slot in the Galaxy Note 5; however, rumors claim that the Galaxy Note 6 may include a microSD card slot.
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 5 in mid August and speculations are rife that Samsung will maintain the same launch window for unveiling the Galaxy Note 6 this year.
There is no official word from the handset maker regarding the specs of the Galaxy Note 6. It remains to be seen if Samsung uses an iris scanner in the Galaxy Note 6.
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