“…an instructional video on Intelligent Scan has been included in the official Galaxy Tab S4 firmware files – all but confirming that the tablet will use Intelligent Scan for user authentication.”
It looks like Samsung’s next flagship tablet will indeed use iris recognition for user authentication.
Speculation about the feature was prompted a few weeks ago when images of the Galaxy Tab S4 that were leaked to the press. The images showed a tablet with no home button, nor a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, suggesting that Samsung was taking a different approach to biometric authentication with this device.
Now, it’s clear that the tablet will feature Intelligent Scan, the flagship authentication system featured in Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones. The system combines Samsung’s iris scanning system with facial recognition technology to enable users to unlock their devices just by looking at them, across a range of lighting conditions. As SamMobile reports, an instructional video on Intelligent Scan has been included in the official Galaxy Tab S4 firmware files – all but confirming that the tablet will use Intelligent Scan for user authentication.
Samsung’s use of Intelligent Scan in its tablet suggests that company is still committed to making iris recognition – supported by face scanning – the key mechanism for user authentication on its mobile devices, even the ones that aren’t flagship smartphones. But with recent reports suggesting that Samsung is looking to emulate Apple’s Face ID technology for next year’s Galaxy S10 smartphone, Intelligent Scan’s reign may end up being a brief one.