A thief has to steal your eye before they can unlock your stolen ZTE Grand S3

The new ZTE smartphone comes with an eye-based biometric sensor, and surprisingly, is affordably priced

MWC 2015 has got lots going on at the moment when it comes to new tech unveils – there’s smartwatches, smartphones, tablets, and other wearable devices. So to grab the attention of the crowd, you’ve got to have something revolutionary.

And revolutionary is what ZTE’s latest smartphone, the Grand S3, is. Because to date, it’s the world’s first smartphone that comes loaded with a very distinct, eye-based biometric security feature.

If you’re done gasping already, take a moment to learn more about this feature. It basically uses Eyeprint ID (developed by EyeVerify) not only to unlock the screen, but also access secure content and authorise mobile payments.

But even though the eye-based biometric security is more secure than the finger-print recognition technology currently used on most smart devices, scanning your eyes doesn’t happen as fast as the other, maybe because it needs to scan both your eyes.

This is completed using the device’s front facing 8MP snapper, which comes with no LED flash. What that means is that it might be a tad bit harder to use this feature and scan your retina in low-light conditions. But ZTE seems to think it's a killer feature, since it’s promised to include this Eyeprint ID technology on all of its future Grand smartphones.

Besides this, the 5.5in mobile device also runs on the Snapdragon 801 chip with a 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU, 3GB of RAM, as well as an Adreno 330 GPU. In addition to that, it boasts 16GB of expandable storage and a 16MP rear camera.

Sadly, the ZTE Grand S3 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, although the Android Lollipop update might be rolled out at a later date. The phone is already on sale in China, priced at CNY2999 (RM1741). We’ll update you with local pricing and availability as soon as we get it. 

[Source and image: GSM Arena