There is a new Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris that has been unveiled to the Indian market. The tablet comes with the iris-recognition technology that has been rumored to be headed to the smartphone arena with respect to the company’s Samsung Galaxy Note 6.
Actually, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris is meant for the Indian government and enterprise organizations in the same country. Interestingly, this 2016 release comes preloaded with 2014’s Android 5.0 Marshmallow and is just priced at $200. The tablet has 7 inches of display that manages a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels. Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a quad-core processor with a clock of 1.2GHz and has a decent battery unit of 3600mAh.
As you can see, the spec sheet justifies the price tag of the Tab Iris. However, it is the outstanding Iris camera that makes this slate a unique product in the current market. With the scanner, owners of Samsung’s new tablet will be able to authenticate their identity on the device by use of their eyes. The iris camera will simply scan one’s eye in order to let them access the tablet’s contents as pertained by the organization.
So, why India?
Apparently, India has what is known as a Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) agency that has been tasked with the collection of demographic and biometric data of all residents and have the same stored in a central database. After this, each individual will then be assigned a 12-digit number referred to as Aadhaar. According to the government, this new system will ensure that there is no more dependency on paperwork and cash money. This is where Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris comes into play.
Fingerprint scanners are quickly establishing themselves as the go-to security protocol when it comes to smartphones. However, it is not a common thing to see an iris scanner on a phone or even a tablet. Rumors have been rife that Samsung might include this technology in the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 and with such kind of moves with Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris, the company might just be setting the stage for similar technology on its most priced phablet. This is seconded by the fact that the company also filed some patents regarding this technology, prompting speculations that indeed the iris scanner will be available on the Note 6.
With an iris scanner on a phone, it is even more secure than using a fingerprint scanner as far as protecting your personal data is concerned.