Samsung and Gemalto bring secure smart chip to the Galaxy S8 for Samsung Pay

Deidre Richardson
May 5, 2017

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have quite a lot of security features such as Secure Folder, and biometrics such as fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, along with the usual pattern, PIN, and password options, and come encrypted, but in this day and time where identity theft is all too common, one can never have too much security. Gemalto, a company renown for its embedded Secure Element (eSE) chip, has partnered with Samsung to bring its secure applications and services to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

The new embedded Secure Element (eSE) provides end-to-end encryption and brings Gemalto's Trusted Services Hub (TSH) with its secure OS and applications, all while supporting Samsung's mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, for fortunate users. Gemalto's eSE chip has been implemented into Samsung's Galaxy C and Galaxy A series, and its arrival in the Galaxy S8 brings a secure solution to what is likely to become one of Samsung's best-selling smartphone series yet.

Samsung has done its best to ensure security for its Galaxy smartphone lineup, with Samsung Pay containing both tokenization and Samsung KNOX, features that protect your business as well as personal and financial data. While Gemalto is using its smart chip within Samsung Galaxy smartphones, Samsung has also partnered with Smartlink and Ingenico to introduce a Contactless Companion Platform (CCP) digital cash service in March.

Gemalto's eSE will only arrive in Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ models in select markets.

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