We already have a healthy selection of phones with fingerprint scanners; the next stage of smartphone biometrics is eye scanning, and while Samsung has repeatedly been linked with the technology, it’s been beaten to the proverbial punch by a leading Chinese manufacturer.
Meet the ZTE Grand S3, one of the world’s first smartphones with eye scanning biometric technology.
The ZTE Grand S3 was initially launched in China back on January 17, but it’s made the journey to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 to say “Hello!” to the western world.
How does it work? ZTE has teamed up with some dudes called EyeVerify, and the result is EyePrint ID, which scans the unique vein patterns in your eyes with the Grand S3’s front camera.
Ultimately, thanks to EyePrint ID, ZTE reckons its Grand S3 is one of the most secure devices on the market, offering an “unbeatable option for smartphone privacy.”
Further ZTE Grand S3 specs include a 5.5in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage (microSD up to 64GB), 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, LTE connectivity, and 3,100mAh battery.
The ZTE Grand S3 initially ships with Android KitKat 4.4 out of the box, but an update to Lollipop 5.0 is presumably on the cards soonish.
The accompanying ZTE Grand S3 press release says only that the phone is available in China, priced the equivalent of £311.