Biometric security in phones has been around for years but a new group of users was introduced to the idea with the iPhone 5S which finally included a fingerprint sensor that is capable of unlocking the phone and replacing other forms of identity verification. Samsung hopped on the biometric train with the S5 in April, which also includes the same type of fingerprint scanner. Now, Samsung says that it is looking to expand the amount of biometric sensors available as well as the price range that they can be found in.
Samsung senior vice president Rhee In-jong spoke to investors during an event in Hong Kong recently and explained that it is looking towards other types of sensors such as iris scanning. If and when iris scanning is added to Samsung devices, Rhee admits that it will be only offered with high-end phones but that will change as time passes. To begin with, fingerprint scanning will likely be the first type of biometric sensor to make its way to low-end devices which are particularly popular outside of the United States in some of the markets where Samsung is even more prominent.
Rhee says that Samsung is looking towards expanding biometric sensors throughout its product line because that is where the market is headed.