Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Samsung Galaxy S8's facial recognition can be tricked with a photo

Samsung Galaxy S8's facial recognition can be tricked with a photo

Samsung's new flagship smartphones, unveiled at an event in New York City, include Qualcomm's latest chipsets that are compatible with gigabit speeds on 4G LTE networks.

Unlike Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, older Samsung smartphones, like the last year's Galaxy S7, don't feature a dedicated hardware button to access Bixby.

Fast forward to 2017 and Samsung's newly announced Galaxy S8 and S8+ are touting a new facial recognition security feature.

Previous leaks suggested that the device will come in two versions - the Samsung Galaxy X1 and the Samsung Galaxy X1 Plus although specifics about it all are still murky.

The crowning feature of the new handsets is what Samsung calls an "infinity display" - an elegant glass screen that covers the entire front of the phone and rounds nicely around its edges.

After the video was published, a Samsung spokesperson told Business Insider in a statement that facial recognition isn't meant to be a secure feature.

While we can't confirm if this was indeed Samsung's intention to make facial recognition a novel or "fun' feature, during our briefing with Samsung, the company did mention that face unlock isn't as secure compared to fingerprints or iris scanning".

The feature allows users to unlock the phone by letting the front camera scan their face, but the system can be tricked into opening up by simply using a photograph of its owner for the camera to scan. They urge users to user their fingerprint, iris, or a pin whenever possible. After the recent Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the company acknowledged their fault and got nearly everything right - except one thing: the "facial recognition" feature on the phone. I had my suspicions that Samsung Facial Recognition wouldn't stand up to a simple photo test.

The phone also features a 3.5-mm head phone jack. Let us know in the poll below.

We have to mention that when the issues with the Galaxy Note 7 have started, the development of the Galaxy S8 was nearly complete.

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