May 25th, 2016

We thought Samsung might introduce their first ever mobile-appropriate iris scanner in some sort of high-end phone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 6, perhaps? It’s still possible that device will get one, but it won’t be able to claim the honors of being the first.

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That honor will go to the newly-announced (and aptly-named) Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris. This 7-inch tablet bound for India doesn’t do anything to give us those good feelings we tend to get with an exciting device:

  • Display: 7.0” WSVGA(1024×600)
  • Processor: 1.2 Ghz Quad Core
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Camera: 5MP AF (Rear)
  • IR: Iris Camera & Subsystem
  • RAM: 1.5GB (LPDDR3)
  • Storage: 8GB (up to 200 GB microSD)
  • Dimensions: 193.4 x 116.4 x 9.7mm
  • Weight: 327g
  • Battery: 3,600mAh
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, BT4.1, USB2.0 with Host

Samsung says it’s positioned as an affordable biometric security device for government and enterprise. Fair enough. But we’re hoping that this is more of a field test for the technology before they eventually prop it up into a device that we might want to buy.

[via Samsung]

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