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article imageApple, Samsung in race to put fingerprint technology on tablets

By Tech News     May 6, 2014 in Technology
Two of the world's largest tablet makers are racing to include fingerprint technology in their latest offerings in order to capture a larger share of the lucrative business market.
ZDNet reports rivals Apple and Samsung are locked in a tight race to be the first to introduce fingerprint identification in their respective tablet computers.
Apple's next-generation iPad is widely expected to feature biometric technology, including fingerprint recognition. The world has been holding its breath in anticipation of this breakthrough ever since the iPhone 5s added the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The only trouble is, the next iPad won't be released until later this year, possibly much later or even 2015.
That may mean arch rival Samsung, which has already released seven new tablets so far this year, could have a leg up on Apple in the race to include fingerprint technology in its next tablet. Or four-- that's how many new tablets the Korean giant has in the pipeline. Set for release later this year-- likely sooner than the iPad-- are the:
-Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch Wi-Fi (SM-T700)
-Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch LTE (SM-T705)
-Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch Wi-Fi (SM-T800)
-Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch LTE (SM-T805)
According to SAMMobile, the Tab S will be the world's first device to feature the WQXGA (2560×1600) AMOLED display, which uses less power and has much higher contrast levels. It's technology Samsung has been using in digital cameras and smartphones for years, but ever since experimenting with a Super AMOLED Plus display in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in 2011 the company hasn't used the technology in any tablet device.
Equally anticipated in the next Galaxy Tab S is fingerprint scanning technology. Samsung already uses the technology in its Galaxy S5 smartphone, and it is expected to feature in the new tablet models. Like the S5, the scanner will be built in to the Tab S's 'home' button.
Among the fingerprint tech features you can expect in the Tab 5 are: unlock, PayPal, Private Folder and Samsung Apps log-in. There will also very likely be multi-user fingerprint identification capability.
In the bigger race for tablet sales leader, Samsung has been grabbing market share away from Apple by bombarding the market with new models. Although Apple maintains its market lead, its iPad shipments totaled 16.4 million units for the first quarter of 2014, a 16.1 percent decrease from one year ago. Meanwhile, Samsung's year-over-year shipments increased 32 percent to 11.2 million units.
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