Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to feature a UV light sensor

Samsung’s is adding more health focussed features to its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 4, with the addition of a new ultraviolet (UV) sensor. This would of course measure UV radiation from the sun and it is this type of light which causes sunburn.

Sun in the Sky

Sun in the Sky

According to SamMobile, which exclusively confirmed the existence of a UV sensor on the upcoming flagship device, the Galaxy Note 4 will be the world’s first smartphone to feature a UV sensor. The sensor’s functionality would be implemented and used within the S Health app which the Korean smartphone maker has been pushing along with the focus on health and fitness on its recent handsets.

The phablet flagship is rumoured to launch in September this year with specs including QHD 2560x1440p display and a Snapdragon 805 processor. Built into the S health app, the sensor will detect UV radiation and notify the user of relevant guidance and precautions based on the UV levels, which are split into 5 stages from Low to Extreme.

Samsung Galaxy S4 UV sensor

Samsung Galaxy S4 UV sensor

Along with the suggestions, Samsung has also included a quiz to heighten awareness and enhance users’ knowledge on sun protection. Users will have to “maintain over 60 degree angle of elevation towards the sun against the back of the sensor” in order to measure the UV radiation.

Although monitoring sun damage could prevent us from damaging our skin and ageing prematurely whilst decreasing the risk of skin cancer, is it too extreme to be worried constantly about it and to carry a sensor around? We’re not quite sure how the inclusion of a UV sensor would be a useful addition to Samsung’s smartphone range, and think that it might just fly under the radar for most users just like its heart rate monitor.

Kai-Li Yang

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