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Samsung put an iris scanner in a Galaxy Tab

Samsung put an iris scanner in a Galaxy Tab


The Galaxy Tab Iris was specifically designed for India

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Samsung has built iris-recognition technology into a Galaxy Tab specifically designed for India's government and enterprise community. The Galaxy Tab Iris supports Aadhar authentication, the controversial biometric identification program operated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). India's government is pushing for a cashless and paperless society, leaning heavily on biometric data collected by UIDAI for authentication purposes, and Samsung is positioning the Galaxy Tab Iris as the device that can help ease the process.

Samsung says the tablet will be able to simplify the authentication of Indian citizens in financial institutions and for government services, regardless of language and literacy challenges. The Galaxy Tab Iris isn't the most forward-thinking device outside of the iris scanner: it runs Android 5.0, comes with a 7-inch WSVGA 1024 x 600 display, 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor, and a 3,600mAh battery. But none of that really matters if it can deliver on the one thing it's supposed to do: authenticate citizens.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris will retail for $200 in India.