Iris-recognition technology has been rumoured for a while on top-end Samsung devices but in a surprise twist, Samsung’s affordable Galaxy Tab Iris becomes the first Samsung device to sport such technology.
The tablet however, is not aimed for masses. In fact, it is targeted at businesses and enterprise for its potential in banking and eGovernance services such as passport, taxation, healthcare and education.
Samsung says the tablet is Aadhaar-compliant and STQC-certified and makes it easier for the organisation to authenticate the customer by accessing services remotely and embedding Aadhaar iris-biometric authentication capabilities. Such authentication and verification process can cut down the KYC (Know Your Customer) time to mere seconds compared to 2 to 7 days currently.
Samsung was showcasing a demo application of retrieving Aadhaar details where a user has to enter their Aadhaar number and the app will scan the iris to verify the details of the user stored on the Aadhaar server. The app even threw an error in case you try to throw it a curve ball by typing the right Aadhaar number but scan someone else’s iris, ensuring the iris scanner at the back is secure.
Looking at rest of the other specs, the Galaxy Tab Iris is strictly a lower-end tablet that comes with a 7-inch WSVGA display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, Android 5.1 Lollipop, 5 megapixel back-facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot up to 200GB, 1.5GB RAM and 3600mAh battery.
The tablet is priced at Rs. 13,499.