Samsung Looks to Continue Tablet Growth With Fingerprint Sensor

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According to a new report from Sammobile, Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is getting ready to release a Galaxy Tab S tablet that will have a fingerprint sensor. Samsung’s arch rival, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), was the first to introduce a mobile device with a fingerprint sensor on the home button when the iPhone 5S debuted last year.

The fingerprint unlock feature is both more secure and easier than a traditional four-digit passcode, which is especially appealing for consumers who need quick access to their phones while also protecting the personal data stored on the devices. A tablet would benefit from fingerprint unlock in the same way.

Sammobile reports that the Galaxy Tab S will come in two screen sizes, 8.4 inch and 10.5 inch, and will feature the OLED display technology used in the new Galaxy 5S smartphone. The fingerprint sensor will be used for similar functions on the tablet as on the smartphone, including making payments with PayPal, accessing a private folder, and logging in to Samsung apps. The tablet will also allow for access to multiple accounts on a single device using a swipe of the fingerprint from the lock screen. Insider sources told Sammobile that the tablet will come in variations for Wi-Fi and LTE but not 3G connectivity, as had originally been planned.

So far Samsung has released seven tablets this year and doesn’t seem to be slowing down as it readies the Galaxy Tab S. Data released by research firm IDC at the beginning of the month showed that Apple’s lead in the tablet market, an arena it arguably invented with the iPad, has shrunk in the most recent quarter, from 40.2 percent in the first quarter of 2013 to 32.5 percent in the first quarter of this year. Samsung, meanwhile, grew its share from 17.5 percent to 22.3 percent year over year.

Overall, IDC’s research found that the high growth seen by the tablet market in recent years is slowing down. Tablet shipments fell 35.7 percent from the previous quarter, which accounted for holiday sales. Year over year, the market only grew 3.9 percent. The firm cited both the rise of large-screen smartphones and the propensity for people to hang on to their tablets for longer as reasons for the decline.

Apple may have the biggest share in terms of device makers, but tablets from a variety of companies running on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android operating system accounted for two-thirds of the market.

While most of the rumors around new Apple products for this year have focused on the iPhone 6 and the rumored iWatch, analysts have predicted that a new iPad, which may be named the iPad Pro, is coming this fall. It has been speculated that the new iPad will have the fingerprint sensor seen on the iPhone 5S. It could also have a larger screen than previous iPad models and feature a keyboard.

Recent data has also shown that Samsung tablets are growing in terms of Web usage as well as sales. The company will likely continue its tablet growth with the new Galaxy Tab S’s features, including a fingerprint sensor and top-rated display technology, as it and Apple race to see which company can get the first tablet featuring a fingerprint sensor on the market.

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