Samsung’s next Galaxy Note smartphone might pack an eye scanner, according to some reports, but it won’t be the company’s first consumer product to feature the technology. The newly announced Galaxy Tab Iris is headed to India with the high-tech sensor onboard.
The Galaxy Tab Iris is designed specifically for India’s government and businesses. It complies with the Aadhar system, a unique identity number assigned to each Indian resident as part of an effort to digitize the country. Samsung says its tablet could help speed up this process, especially in cases where language or literacy barriers are an issue.
“We’re excited to offer biometric-based services to the billion plus people enrolled in Aadhar,” said Dr. Aloknath De, the CTO for Samsung India R&D. “Our India R&D team has made significant investments in biometric technology research and we built this product leveraging our knowledge in hardware design, biometrics and security for a high speed scan, greater accuracy and high reliability.”
The Galaxy Tab Iris may pack a powerful biometric scanner but the rest of the hardware is pretty mid-range. The tablet comes equipped with a 7-inch 1024 x 600-pixel display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 3,600mAh battery and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. It costs INR 13,499 (about $200).
Samsung clearly isn’t going after a consumer market with this tablet. It’s possible we could see similar technology show up in future flagship devices, but that’s not the company’s focus for now.