Samsung has been developing the health and fitness component of its high-end smartphones, and now it’s reportedly taking the concept a step further with the addition of an ultraviolet sensor on the Galaxy Note 4.
As reported by Sam Mobile, the new sensor will allow the Note 4 to determine when the UV index reaches potentially harmful levels and offer recommendations based on it. The functionality will be integrated into the S Health app, but the readings won’t happen automatically – reportedly, users will need to hold the phone at “over 60 degree angle of elevation towards the sun against the back of the sensor”.
It’s not clear where on the Note 4 the UV sensor will be located. In addition to it, the phone will also feature the heart rate monitor first launched on the Galaxy S5.
Based on the UV readings, the Note 4 will assess the UV threat from Low to Extreme and offer practical protection advices, such as wearing sunglasses, applying sunscreen, and avoiding going out during certain times of the days. You can check the full recommendations on EPA’s site.
The Galaxy Note 4 will probably launch at the IFA 2014 electronics show in Berlin, in the first week of September.
Do you consider having an UV sensor an useful addition to the Note 4?