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Despite rear fingerprint sensor, Consumer Reports ranks Galaxy S8 higher than iPhone 7

Influential US magazine Consumer Reports today published their latest smartphone rankings. After weeks of “rigorous testing”, the organization has ranked Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 Plus, which released in late April, higher than Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, which have been on the market for eight months now.

The testing procedure took into account popular user features such as design, battery life, cameras, display quality and more. The top spot was previously occupied by the earlier-generation Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

As for Apple’s smartphone, Consumer Reports ranked iPhone 7 Plus fifth.

Here are the top five smartphones, according to Consumer Reports:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • LG G6
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Despite the latest Galaxies not having a dual-camera setup, Consumer Reports doesn’t think consumers will miss the depth of field photography and optical zoom features found on iPhone 7 Plus.

“A few top-end cameras, including the iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6, have dual rear-facing cameras, to enhance either zoom or wide-angle photography,” notes the report.

“The Samsung phones haven’t gone that route yet—and we don’t think they suffer for it.”

The latest Galaxy phones have “some of the best smartphone battery life we’ve seen,” they added.

Consumer Reports testers found the latest Galaxies’ curved AMOLED display with the drastically reduced bezels at the top and the bottom both pretty to look at and functional, with a bigger screen area in the same-size device.

That doesn’t necessarily make the flagship Samsung phone comfortable to hold in one’s hand.

“Even on the smaller model, it will be hard for most users to reach the upper regions of the screen with their thumb,” said lead phone tester Richard Fisco.

Consumer Reports’ biggest gripe with the new Galaxy S8 family? An “awkwardly” positioned fingerprint sensor on the back.

Here’s what they had to say about it:

The fingerprint scanner on the back is awkwardly placed. You can use the scanner for unlocking the phone, and that works well. But it’s right next to the rear camera, and we found ourselves repeatedly poking around to locate it—and smudging the camera lens in the process.

Consumer Reports is, of course, the same publication that lost some of its credibility by first not recommending iPhone 4 due to Antennagate only to change its mind a few weeks later. The fact they’re now pitting the latest devices from Samsung and LG against Apple’s 2016 smartphone—which will be superseded by iPhone 8 in a three month’s time—isn’t helping either.


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Unlocked Galaxy S8 available at Best Buy starting today

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8

If you'd prefer to have an unlocked version of Samsung's latest flagship phone to one filled with carrier bloat, you're in luck. Starting today, both the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are on sale at Best Buy. You can grab an unlocked S8 for $724.99, while an unlocked S8 Plus will run you $824.99. Samsung is selling unlocked versions directly as well, but unless you preordered, Best Buy is your best bet.

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Video: tricking Galaxy S8’s iris scanner into unlocking the phone

Eyeballs and faces are not as secure as fingerprints—German hackers with the Chaos Computer Club have bypassed iris authentication technology that’s prominently featured in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphone. All that’s needed to trick Galaxy S8’s iris scanner into unlock the phone is an infrared photograph of the eye of the phone’s owner and a contact lens.

ArsTechnica says the photo need not even be a close up.

This video below, originally posted by Starbug (the moniker used by one of the principal researchers behind the hack), demonstrates how to circumvent the iris recognition of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone—such as a basic digital camera, Samsung’s laser printer and a contact lens—by using equipment that costs less than the $725 price of an unlocked device.

An attacker must posses a photograph of the phone owner’s face, which must be printed out to place the contact lens on the iris in the printout. Holding the image in front of a locked Galaxy S8 fools the iris scanner into unlocking the device.

Princeton Identity, the makers of Galaxy S8’s iris authentication technology, say the phone provides “airtight security” and that consumers can “finally trust that their phones are protected”. Samsung itself claimed that Galaxy S8’s iris scanning mechanism is “one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked.”

That said, we’ve known that bypassing the phone’s biometrics is laughably easy.

In March, iDevice posted a video proving that Galaxy S8’s facial recognition feature can be fooled into unlocking the phone by scanning a simple headshot of the phone’s owner.

According to The Korea Herald, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus handsets can even be unlocked by scanning the face of a sleeping person. Samsung is aware that Galaxy S8’s facial unlocking technology is not its most secure biometric system: in a March statement to Mashable, a company spokesperson said that facial unlocking cannot be used for purchases with Samsung Pay.

For that, you still must use the phone’s fingerprint reader as the iris scanner can only be used to purchase apps and media or unlock the phone. Galaxy S8 includes both iris scanning and facial recognition via the front-facing camera, in addition to fingerprint scanning via a sensor relocated to the rear side.

Apple’s own Touch ID fingerprint reader isn’t immune to hacks either.

Back in 2013, Starbug demonstrated that fingerprints casually collected off of water glasses can be leveraged to fool Touch ID into unlocking your iPhone. Android phones are susceptible to a similar hack.

As you know, Apple is expected to use facial unlocking and maybe even iris scanning in iPhone 8. Starbug, however, cautions that future smartphones with iris recognition may be equally easy to hack. Iris recognition, says Starbug, is hard to make hack-proof because you can’t really hide your iris.

“It’s even worse than fingerprints,” added the hacker.


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Samsung responds to discovery that Galaxy S8’s iris scanner can be tricked by a photo

Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Hacked

Back when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus were first released, there was some concern that people who chose to utilize the phones' iris scanners for security might be at risk. While the S8 line also includes a more conventional fingerprint scanner, Samsung gives users the option to unlock their phones using a quick iris scan as well. Some people were concerned that the technology Samsung used might be open to being tricked by a photo of a user's eyes, and those worries ended up being completely justified. On Tuesday, we learned that a group of security experts had indeed "hacked" the Galaxy S8's iris scanner using nothing more than a photograph and a contact lens.

Now, Samsung has finally issued a statement in response to what appears to be a gaping security hole in its new flagship smartphones.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 buy one, get one free deal is better than T-Mobile’s

Galaxy S8: Buy one, get one free

Although it will have some tough competition from Apple and OnePlus later this year, Samsung's Galaxy S8 is currently the best phone of 2017. Since the phone launched last month, several deals have sprung up from retailers and mobile carriers, but Samsung just blew them all away with a deal of its own.

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