Samsung is one of the first tech brands in the world to launch a tablet with an iris scanner.
With fingerprint scanners on present phones being a great form of security, it’s time to raise the bar to a higher level.
Earlier phones and smartphones did not have any security features—probably we did not need it as much then. However, with more and more sensitive information being stored on your smarpthone today, securing your privacy is becoming one of the most important aspect. Early smartphones started with a simple PIN and pattern options, but with highly secure fingerprint biometric scanners getting cheaper, many smartphones today are featuring fingerprint scanners as a norm. However, fingerprint scanners too are considered insecure as anyone can still get past it using your fingerprint lifted from your surroundings and creating a replica. Though not as simple, it can still be done and the fingerprint sensor can be fooled into thinking that the original scan is being placed on it and hackers and intruders can steal your data with ease. This has been possible in the past where a fingerprint could be replicated using a simple printer and this was shown in a proof of concept.
However, smartphone companies have been thinking way ahead and the technology is getting cheaper by the day. The next level of security locking can be tied down to your eyes—using an iris scanner. No two people on earth can have the exact same iris pattern—not even identical twins—well, unless nature has overruled this somewhere and we have to still bump into the same.
Samsung is one of the first tech brands in the world to launch a tablet that features an iris scanner on the rear camera. The tablet was launched here in India in May and works with the UID system (Aadhaar) of India. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris replaces the rear camera with an Iris scanner. In other respects this is a fairly standard 7-inch tablet with a quad core processor, a 5 megapixel autofocus rear camera, with a good 3600mAh battery running Android Lollipop 5.11, with 1.5 GB RAM. What is unusual is the 8 GB storage, expandable to a massive 200 GB — and one can see why.
Taking a bite from the tablet, Samsung is reported to be embedding this camera technology on their upcoming flagship smartphones, the Note Galaxy 7 and most probably (or definitely) the Galaxy S8. As for now it is only a rumoured topic as Evan Blass, a known leakster who tips the world on upcoming tech news on his Twitter handle.