LG Nexus phone with fingerprint scanner shows up in unofficial render

When we first started talking about the possibility of the rumored new LG Nexus phone getting a 3D camera, we were talking about specific camera hardware – sources described a combination of traditional visual light and infrared sensors. But then later rumors started getting away from us a little, and instead of focusing on the camera hardware itself, we were instead looking at case designs – ones with big dual cutouts that sure seemed to fit with the idea of a twin-sensor 3D camera system. But could there be another explanation? Recent leaks have claimed that both LG and Huawei Nexus phones will pack rear-mounted fingerprint scanners, and a now a new render lands that attempts to show just that, dropping the idea of dual rear cameras in favor of a camera/fingerprint-scanner pair.

Keep in mind, this isn’t an official render; instead, it’s a mock-up supposedly developed from detailed Nexus schematics provided to case-makers. As such, while some design elements may not not come across here, if the info this render is based on turns out to be accurate, this could still be a useful look at general hardware layout.

As for that layout, we get a circular fingerprint scanner below the phone’s main camera, and off to the side a dual-LED flash is joined by what’s likely LG’s laser autofocus tech – could that be the IR element mentioned by earlier rumors? Both the front-firing stereo speakers and the rounded USB type-C connector on the phone’s bottom edge – elements described in a leak from a couple days back – show up as expected here.

In the end, while this is a nice-looking, quite detailed render, we’re still left without a lot of corroboration for how accurate it might be. As such, we’ll keep it in mind but continue to be on the lookout for evidence from new sources.


Source: uSwitch
Via: OnLeaks (Twitter)

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