Iris scanning has long been on the tip of many smartphone fans’ tongues over the past year, with numerous patents pointing to a mainstream release ahead of Christmas. However, Fujitsu has beaten out the competition to launch the first ever iris scanning smartphone.
Many people had their money on one of the bigger names on the market to introduce the technology, with Apple and Samsung the favourites. However, Fujitsu has beaten them to the punch, and has actually unveiled a pretty impressive handset with the feature as well.
Named the Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G, it’s already been released in Japan and is naming the eye scanning feature the Iris Passport.
As you’d expect, the feature can be used for unlocking the device, but also for automatically inserting web login details, all with a quick glance at the camera located on the front of the device.
The whole process takes a matter of seconds after you’ve initially registered your iris, making it an ideal security feature.
It’s not all about the iris scanning tech in the Fujitsu phone either, with a host of exciting and powerful specs also going along for the ride.
The Fujitsu boasts a healthy 5.2” QHD display, 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, all of which makes for a flagship quality phone, albeit one with a strange name.
On top of this we get a 3120mAh battery and a 21 megapixel camera on the rear side, all supported by the latest version of Android Lollipop.
Overall, this gives the Fujitsu Arrows a great all-round feel that competes with the best phones in the business.
Iris scanning is an ideal step for smartphone security for several reasons, the first being that it is much harder to fake than fingerprint scanners.
Also, iris scanners rarely misread or misjudge scans, and are much more reliable than fingerprint scanners – which can be affected by dirt and sweat.
Finally, our iris’ are very unlikely to change after they’re fully developed, this means that once you’ve registered you probably won’t need to re-register because of a change to your reading. Plus, contact lenses and laser eye surgery doesn’t affect readings either.
The likelihood of iris scanning technology being picked up by other manufacturers is now very high, especially after Fujitsu has entered the market.
Whilst the Fujitsu Arrows is the world’s first iris scanning smartphone, a UK release is unlikely – meaning that the first UK iris scanning phone is still an achievement that’s up for grabs.
Talk of Apple and Samsung unveiling a feature like this could be the key to bringing it to British shores, but for now we’ll just have to wait on the edge of our seats.
Written by Luke Hatfield