InFocus launches Aadhaar-enabled 4G-VoLTE phone for ₹12,000

The smartphone will be capable of Aadhaar authentication via the iris scanner on the device

US-based smartphone manufacturer InFocus is planning to soon launch a new smartphone in India which will support Aadhaar authentication using the iris scanner installed in the device.

The smartphone will be priced under Rs 12,000 and will be available early next year. inFocus also says it has been awarded STQC (Standardization Testing and Quality Certification) by the Indian government. The company also has plans to launch more devices supporting Aadhaar-based biometric authentication in the future.

STQC certification authenticates the use of Iris-recognition devices, used for biometric authentication linked under the Aadhaar project.

“InFocus smartphone features IriTech’s superior iris image quality assessment and onboard K7 generation algorithm to provide good quality images and avoid false positives while maximising true positive identification rates,” InFocus India Country Head Sachin Thapar told PTI.

As of now, Samsung is the only phone maker to have already embedded Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS technology in its Galaxy Tab Iris.

“The InFocus Aadhaar-enabled iris smartphone is a great example of the innovation possible on the Aadhaar platform. The phone is timely as it can be used for applications like opening instant bank accounts with eKYC and as a cashless micro ATM for merchant payments. This will accelerate JAM (Jan-Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) implementation,” said Nandan Nilekani, former chairman of the UIDAI.

The dual-SIM inFocus Bingo 20 (M425) smartphone is a 4G-VoLTE enabled smartphone and runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop, and has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The display is a 4.5-inch capacitive with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD (up to 64GB) and is powered by a 2300mAh battery.