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Samsung reportedly bringing fingerprint sensor to upcoming tablets

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Samsung is reportedly planning to introduce a new tablet branded the Galaxy Tab S, with a high-res AMOLED display and fingerprint sensor serving as the device's distinguishing features. According to SamMobile, the Tab S will include a 2,560 x 1,600 WQXGA display. That's the same resolution seen in several of Samsung's recent efforts like the Galaxy Note Pro, but those all use LCD panels. This time, Samsung will upsize the Super AMOLED technology it's been putting in smartphones for years, which should lead to deeper blacks and increased color saturation. It's not the first time we've seen the company's Super AMOLED Plus display in tablet form; the Galaxy Tab 7.7 — released in 2012 — featured a similar screen but at a much lower resolution.

As for the fingerprint sensor, it will be embedded inside the tablet's home button. That's the same route Samsung took with its Galaxy S5, but the fingerprint reader's accuracy has generally received subpar marks and is seen by some as a strike against the flagship smartphone. SamMobile says the Galaxy Tab S will include all the same fingerprint-based features currently found on the GS5. Aside from unlocking your device, those include making payments with PayPal and setting up a private folder that only you can access. Apple has yet to bring its competing TouchID fingerprint sensor to the iPad, though such integration could arrive later this year. The Galaxy Tab S will reportedly come in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch versions and feature "much slimmer edges" than the Galaxy Tab 4 for improved comfort. Unfortunately SamMobile doesn't reveal when it will arrive — nor how much it will cost.