Apple sure does know how to reinvent an old tech and make it crazy popular. That said, the TouchID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S generated so much buzz that competition are following suit. One of them is the new Fujitsu Arrow Tab FJT21, perhaps the first commercial Android tablet with a fingerprint scanner.

Like TouchID, the Arrow Tab FJT21’s own fingerprint sensor is employed as an effective security measure, only unlocking the device if the scanned finger is recognized. Multiple prints from different people can be registered, allowing members of a family to enjoy one tablet. This added touch also implements Android’s multi-user support quite nicely, so that each person logs on to his or her own account (complete with unique settings and apps). Kids, for instance, can be logged on to a parent-controlled, content-restricted account.

The Fujitsu Arrow Tab FJT21 is not just about its fingerprint scanner; it also sports other high-end specs. This 10.1-inch slate touts a 2560-by-1600 screen resolution (~299ppi), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, and 8MP rear- and 1.3MP front-facing cameras. There are 2GB of RAM and 64GB storage onboard with microSD expansion. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G LTE, and Wi-Fi. Packed with a long-lasting 9600mAh battery, the FJT21 is also waterproof. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean runs the software side of the tablet.

So, there’s no denying that this tablet is a hardware beast. Unfortunately, the Fujitsu Arrow Tab FJT21 seems headed for just the Japanese market. The company apparently doesn’t have plans for an international release.



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