Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, features, rumors: Device to have facial recognition feature?

(Reuters/Eric Gaillard)David Lowes, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Europe, speaks during an event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2017.

Leaks and rumors about the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 continue to pour in, and this time, the latest word involves an additional feature that aims to improve its security and accessibility.

A report by SamMobile, via the Korean Economic Daily, said that the upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone will come with a facial recognition feature. The reason behind the feature's addition is to supplement the iris scanning mechanism, which is facing some limitations in speed and accuracy.

"Due to some limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, we have decided to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8. With a face scanner, it will take less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone," said a Samsung official. Moreover, analysts also see the move as a reaction to speculations that rival Apple will also introduce the feature in their upcoming iPhone model.

Based on the leaked images and videos showing the Galaxy S8, the finger print scanner seems to have been moved to the back of the device, and now it can be found beside the camera. Meanwhile, the front shows only a bezel-less and a Home button-less screen. Furthermore, the report added that the Korean tech giant had started testing the prototypes that carry the new feature to ensure that everything will go seamlessly once the smartphones reportedly become available next month.

Earlier this week, gadget scooper Roland Quandt revealed on his Twitter account the colors and European pricing for the S8 and the S8 Plus models. "Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be out in Black, Silver and Violet (!) colors, retail listings show. S8 priced at 799, S8+ at 899 Euro," said Quandt in his tweet.

As for the smartphone's release date, a report from The Investor said that pre-orders will begin on April 10 while the general release is slated for April 21. Other reports, however, claim that the release date will be delayed by another week. The official launch, on the other hand, was earlier confirmed to be on March 29, with events happening in New York and London.