Samsung announces a secure biometric card with its own built-in fingerprint sensor and processor

Looks like the Apple Card has a strong, encrypted rival! Samsung is hoping to revolutionize the payments space with its Biometric Card which has a unique combination of a fingerprint sensor, Security Element (SE), and Secure Processor (SP) on a single chip. This is further backed by Samsung’s proprietary fingerprint authentication algorithm and anti-spoofing technology built right into the card, making it more secure than most others on the market.

Designer: Samsung

“It is the cybersecurity industry’s first all-in-one security chip that reads biometric information through a fingerprint sensor, stores and authenticates encrypted data in a tamper-proof way, and processes data securely”, the Korean tech giant mentions.

To use the card, all you have to do is place your thumb on the sensor while a POS device reads the chip. If the card authenticates your fingerprint, the payment is confirmed. Companies like MasterCard have announced similar biometric cards that default to a PIN number if the fingerprint isn’t matched. It isn’t clear yet whether Samsung will opt for the same strategy.

Dubbed the Samsung S3B512C, the biometric card is also designed for contactless use (which means it comes with NFC and RFID capabilities) and is already being mass-produced with a public rollout hopefully next year. Your move, Tim Cook…!