With the iPhone 5S, Apple almost certainly started yet another race among Android device makers – who’ll be the first to incorporate a fingerprint sensor? Sure, the Motorola Atrix may have had that a couple of years back, but it was using an implementation that was different from Apple’s in that it required you to swipe your finger gently on the back of the device. Apple’s “just touch” revamped Home button seems more intuitive.
So what’s the first Android maker to release a device with a fingerprint sensor post-iPhone 5S? Well, it’s not Samsung, if that’s what you were thinking (and why wouldn’t you be, after all the Korean company loves to be ‘inspired’ by most things Apple does). No, it’s Fujitsu, which has outed a new tablet in Japan – the Arrows Tab FJT21.
It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and it comes with a multi-user friendly fingerprint sensor – so in this regard, it even one-ups Apple’s offering at this point. As you’d imagine, the sensor can be set to remember more than one print, each of which is associated with a different user profile (something that is possible in Android for tablets for the most recent versions of the OS). Each user profile has specific customizations, app installs, and so on.
Obviously then, Fujitsu is positioning this as a family-friendly device of sorts. It will be sold through KDDI, one of the big carriers in Japan.
The Fujitsu Arrows Tab FJT21 also has a 10.1-inch 2,560×1,600 touchscreen, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, 4 G LTE (with 150 Mbps download speed), and a gigantic 9,600 mAh battery. It’s also waterproof.
So yes, this is no ordinary device, in fact it manages to pack in some extremely high-end features for a tablet in this day and age. Unfortunately though, it’s bound to forever be limited to the Japanese market, where it will become available by the end of next month.