Japanese smartphone gets iris-scanning for mobile payments

The common objection to using your phone for purchases is that any sufficiently-motivated criminal could lop off your thumb and go on a spending spree. That's one of the reasons why Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo and Fujitsu have teamed up to unveil the Arrows NX F-04G. The pair say that it's the world's first smartphone with iris recognition technology that can be used to both unlock a device and certify mobile wallet payments.

Spec-wise, the Arrows NX F-04G comes with the usual complement of specs, a 5.2-inch QHD screen, Android 5.0, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. Of course, such a device isn't likely to make its way over to the west any time soon, but if the iris scanning features work as promised, we may see it pop up in other devices soon. That is, unless, even more motivated criminals decide that they're comfortable doing Iridectomies on the sidewalk...