Samsung India has announced the Galaxy Tab Iris which, as its name suggests, is equipped with iris-recognition technology. Designed specifically for the government and enterprise bodies in India, Samsung is positioning the tablet as a biometric device, helping to push for a cashless and paperless society.
Out of the box, the Galaxy Tab Iris supports Aadhar authentication – a centralized biometric program operated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Using the biometric data collected, the tablet will help to ease the authentication of citizens, regardless of language and literacy barriers. The tablet is also STQC-certified and is thus eligible under the “Make in India” program – the Indian government’s initiative to encourage local manufacturing.
As for the tablet itself, it isn’t the most ambitious device aside from its iris scanner. In fact, it looks to be based on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy Tab Lite. Under the hood, it comes with a 7-inch WSVGA 1024 x 600 display, 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable internal storage. On the camera department, it is fitted with a 5MP rear camera- which of course has the iris-recognition onboard. Rounding up the specification, it comes with a 3,600 mAh battery, Android 5.0 Lollipop along with the usual set of connectivity features (with the exception of 4G, oddly).
The Galaxy Tab Iris is far from a decent tablet by today’s standards, but none of that really matter if it can deliver on one thing it’s supposed to do – authenticate citizens. Sold exclusively in India, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris will retail for INR 13,499 (about RM 820).