It might seem like something out of a sci-fi novel, but the security conscious might very well consider it. The company's Galaxy Note 7, announced at a press event Tuesday, will allow you to complete mobile payments using the phone's built-in iris scanner. In other words: you'll be able to buy things with your eyes.
Samsung tells us that each device can only be programmed to recognize one set of eyes and that it's impossible to "trick" the device with a photo. The handset's iris scanner will work similarly to current smartphones' fingerprint sensors: after you make a purchase with your phone (via Samsung Pay), you can choose to authenticate with either the fingerprint sensor or the iris scanner.
Perhaps more importantly though, the new iris scanning could give more users a reason to start using Samsung Pay, the Korean company's answer to Apple Pay and Android Pay. Eventually, you'll also be able to use the Note's iris scanner to make in-app purchases with Samsung Pass, which allows third-party developers and banking institutions to take advantage of the company's eye scanning technology.
As for others, Raymond Wong tried out the Note 7's iris scanning on a pre-production phone and found it more clunky than using fingerprints alone.