InFocus Releases Phone with Adhaar Integration
InFocus has announced that it will release India’s first phone that will integrate with Unique Identification Authority of India’s Adhaar Project. The phone will be enabled with an iris scanner that will be directly liked to the Government’s Adhaar database. The phone will have a launch price of Rs. 12,000. It is expected to go on sale during early 2017.
The company says it has been awarded the Government of India’s STQC (Standardization Testing & Quality Certification) for its Aadhaar-Enabled Iris smartphone. Previously, Samsung also launched a similar phone, called the Galaxy Tab Iris priced a bit over INR 13,000 and was mainly aimed towards enterprises.
The device will be linked with Adhaar number and will use biometrics (here, an iris scan) to authenticate. The UIDAI key generated will be stored in the device in a separate chip in encrypted form, making it virtually impossible to get hold of the key. The device on board is expected to be something similar to TPM chips found in modern laptop and desktop motherboards. TPM, also known as Trusted Platform Module is a microcontroller that is dedicated to perform security related tasks such as encryption, decryption, hashing and securely storing keys.
The phone will be a very simple phone, rather a low range one. It will come with a 4.5 inch screen, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, microSD card support up to 64GB and a 2,300mAh battery life. The device will also run on an older version of Android – 5.1 Lollipop. Looking at these specs only, the phone does seem overpriced, but with the iris scanner in place, the price seem to be a bit more reasonable
(Not so) Futureproof
Adhaar will be a very essential identity document in the near future, since, apparently cashless transactions in the future will be enabled by Adhaar. That makes this phone ready for the future. However, the rest of the specifications that makes the core of the phone is very much outdated. Once the devices with Aadhaar integration start coming to the market, we can expect to see more of such devices from other makers. However, even though InFocus took the first step, they are not there yet.