iPhone FaceID vs Samsung Intelligent Scan- best biometrix

Biometrix of the Samsung S9 Intelligent Scan

Since the iPhone FaceID came out, Samsung had to really up their game as far as their biometrix were concerned. To do this Samsung introduced Intelligent Scan.

This was where Samsung took the Iris/face scanner and Face unlock feature and merged it into one. This allowed for a much better biometrix unlocking experience.

‘Biometrix’ in this case Biometrix refers to the measurement and statistical analysis of people’s unique physical characteristics.

However, as great as this little revolutionised invention is, it seems as if it’s not much more, if at all safer with regard to how verification systems goes. This is because the S9 only creates a 2D map of the user’s face. This is problematic because it can’t differentiate between a real face and a high res photograph.

The Galaxy S9 will first try to scan your face. When it can’t recognise your features it will then use the iris scanner. If that
fails, then the Samsung S9 will use a combination of the two to unlock your phone. This sounds like it could take a while but it’s actually almost instantaneous so there’s no delay when it comes to unlocking your phone.

Biometrix of the iPhone FaceID

This is by far the best biometrics system in the market place. This is because Apple’s approach  is far more complex and secure than any other system currently in the market place.

Apple came up with new and improved biometrix for the front camera of the iPhone X. It was completely redesigned.  Apple calls this marvel the TrueDepth camera.

This new camera feature of the iPhone X is capable of capturing a 3D render of a persons face for authentication.  Apple then threw in the mix alongside with the TrueDepth camera a dot projector!

It pin points key factors on the face by projecting over 30 000 dots onto it and then scans it in using an infrared light. This not only makes the biometrix of the iPhone X more secure than the biometrix of the  Samsung S9’s intelligent scan but also makes the iPhone FaceID faster and more reliable.

It has however been reported that the biometrix of the iPhone FaceID can be fooled by using special 3D masks. This is not something that can be done easily by just anybody. You will need a top quality 3D printer to start, and the technical know how amoungst other things to enable to achieve such a task.


Apple are so confident with their iPhone FaceID  that they ensure the user’s security is in no way compromised. It’s so secure in fact, that Apple uses the iPhone FaceIdD for Apple Pay transactions.

Although Samsung merged it’s Iris scanner with Face unlock into one, the biometrics of them individually still present a certain amount of weakness.  This makes it very easy to fool the Samsung biometrics of the phone.  That being said it’s still secure enough to use for authenticating Samsung Pay transactions.


I’d hate to have to admit it, but the iPhone X beats the Samsung 9 on this hands down.The FaceID feature on the iPhone X is so advanced that before you’ve looked and picked up your phone, it’s already unlocked. The only thing left to do, is to swipe the lock screen to use your phone.

When unlocking the Samsung S9 using the Iris scanner the correct angle and distance are needed in order for the Iris scanner to work effectively. When using the Face unlock, although quicker if you are in low-light areas the system will fail to work.

Over and above this you still have to first wake the device up by pressing the virtual home button area or by pressing the power button.

iPhone X Intelligence

Here’s another real neat trick the iPhone X can do! The iPhone X is automatically set to mask all you locked screen notifications! This means no one else can see your messages, it’s only when you look at your phone that the unread messages are revealed.

Unfortunately the Samsung S9 hasn’t yet come up with any similar feature. If you have any unread messages, they can be read by anyone from the locked screen. This is only really an important thing if you maybe have messages you don’t want seen accidentally by someone.


Despite the Samsung S9’s best efforts with all its biometric options, it doesn’t come close to the iPhone X FaceID. It is rumoured that Samsung will be replacing the Iris scanner with a similar FaceID feature like the iPhone X. 

The Samsung S10 (Also this name might change and be called something else) possibly the Samsung X. It’s also rumoured to include an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in screen

Well I hope this has given you a bit more insight about the biometrics of the Samsung S9 and the IPhone X. If there’s anything I’ve left out, please feel free to leave a comment, I’ll most certainly be happy to add any further info into my website.



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