Has the fingerprint-scanners-on-phones bubble already burst? This past summer, it sure looked like it was about to become the hot new feature, and while we saw Touch ID arrive for the iPhone 5S, fingerprint scanning hasn’t really taken off for Android devices. Granted, there’s the HTC One Max, but we had issues with the implementation there, and the phone itself wasn’t exactly a flagship to begin with. And while OEMs like Pantech have embraced the tech, rumors about bigger players like Samsung getting involved have yet to bear fruit. Will we ever see a fingerprint scanner on a high-profile Android flagship? LG might be the company to deliver, at least according to a new rumor.
According to this source, a prototype LG G3 design is in testing with a fingerprint scanner. However, unlike the scanners on either the iPhone 5S or the One Max, the G3 sensor would reportedly be the “swipe” type – the same kind we know from the old Motorola Atrix 4G (above). We should withhold judgment until we get to check out the actual implementation, but we’re nevertheless a little apprehensive about LG going in that direction.
In addition to this fingerprint scanner, the G3 may also sport a 2K display and octa-core SoC. We could also end up seeing it quite soon; rather than waiting for summer again, this report suggests that LG could be ready to debut the G3 as early as the MWC in February.