Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 will feature an iris scanner with support for the company’s Intelligent Scan feature, as suggested by the firmware of the upcoming tablet which recently surfaced online. The custom Android Oreo implementation set to run on the Galaxy Tab S4 contains an Intelligent Scan tutorial meant to help users get started with the biometric authentication solution, having been data-mined by SamMobile. The functionality itself appears to be identical to the service that Samsung pre-loaded on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus as it combines the iris scanner of the device with its front-facing camera so as to make the process of verifying one’s identity both faster and more secure compared to more traditional solutions.
As the Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to be announced in late August, presumably in the run-up to IFA 2019, the device is likely to be the last Samsung-made mobile product to support Intelligent Scan. Recent reports suggest the Galaxy S10 lineup of Android flagships will feature both an in-screen fingerprint reader and a 3D camera similar to the module used by Apple’s iPhone X and Xiaomi’s Mi 8, rendering Intelligent Scan unnecessary seeing how a depth-sensing solution would be more secure and quicker to authenticate users than Samsung‘s proprietary technology using more conventional hardware.
As suggested by official Galaxy Tab S4 renders obtained by AndroidHeadlines earlier this month, the upcoming Android tablet won’t have a fingerprint reader. Previous generations of the product family featured such a sensor embedded into their physical Home buttons but the Galaxy Tab S4 will lack such a key and won’t have a rear-mounted reader either. The tablet will most likely feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM, as well as a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display and 64GB of storage space. Should the gadget end up being announced at IFA, it’s likely to start retailing globally by late September.