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Galaxy Note 4’s hottest secret feature may have just been revealed

Galaxy Note 4 Specs

Samsung’s sales are finally starting to slow as increased competition at the low end of the smartphone market and saturation at the high end hit simultaneously to create the perfect storm. The company’s profit declined for the third consecutive quarter, plummeting to a two-year low in Q2 2014. Samsung is going to have to make several huge adjustments to reverse the trend, and one is to launch new high-end phones that offer truly compelling differentiation to combat Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handsets — Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, is not the exciting new handset fans were hoping for.

As it turns out, the soon-to-be-announced Galaxy Note 4 could be just what the doctor ordered.

A recent tweet from an official Samsung account has seemingly revealed a new key Galaxy Note 4 feature that is unlike anything we’ve seen on any other smartphone thus far. “Security can be improved using features unique to us,” the tweet from the @SamsungExynos account read. “That’s what we envision. What would you use?”

The post was accompanied by the following image:

The combination of an image of a smartphone with an eye and something of a tracking target around it, along with the text “unlock the future,” has led to some fairly obvious speculation: Samsung’s next big smartphone — the Galaxy Note 4 — will include an eye scanner, perhaps making it one of the most secure smartphones on the planet.

Nothing is confirmed at this point in time, but as security continues to be a hot topic, a retina scanner capable of unlocking the Galaxy Note 4 could be a huge selling point for the device.

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 4 in early September. Specs supposedly include a quad- or octa-core processor, a 2K display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front-facing camera.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.