Rumor: Samsung, LG 2014 flagship smartphones may feature fingerprint scanners

by: Chris SmithJanuary 8, 2014

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A new report from Taiwan indicates that fingerprint scanner modules may be in tight supply in the first half of the year, as more companies are interested in including such sensors in upcoming devices.

Following Apple and HTC  – each have a handset model incorporating the technology, the iPhone 5S and HTC One Max (image above), respectively – we could soon see Samsung and LG include fingerprint modules in their flagship devices.

Digitimes, which hasn’t always been accurate with its reports, says that Samsung and LG are planning to use fingerprint scanners from Validity and Swedish Fingerprint Cards, respectively, but only for high-end models.

While the report doesn’t specifically name the Galaxy S5 and the LG G3 as the next flagship devices coming from these two companies, it’s likely it refers to these yet-to-be-confirmed flagship handsets. This isn’t the first time we hear that at least Samsung will launch devices packing fingerprint technology this year, with a previous Reuters report suggesting that as many as two new 2014 Samsung devices may include such sensors.

But Samsung and LG will not be the only other companies interested in your fingerprints, as Chinese handset suppliers are reportedly looking into this particular smartphone feature as well, which could be found in high-end devices that retail for over $495 in the region. However, it’s not clear what handsets will pack such features.

The publication says that despite increased interest in the technology, the number of sensor suppliers is rather limited. Of all companies capable of producing such components, Apple owns its own fingerprint scanner company, AuthenTec, which it purchased back in 2012 for $356 million.

  • MasterMuffin

    Just don’t put it in a place where nobody normally lays their finger like HTC! The home button scanner is a good idea (wow Apple had a good idea!), I hope it isn’t patented (probably is :D)

    • Bryan Z

      oh I’m sure it’s patented lol but only to apple specifications, Samsung just needs to stay away from looking like apple, focus on tizen and how about google buys LG.. I love my nexus 4

      • MasterMuffin

        LG is way too big for that!

        • Bryan Z

          yeah you are right, it’d be cool to see LG focus on Nexus the same way motorola is focusing on the motos

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      i think it’s a good idea to have fingerprint to use such as unlock (so it would be more fast than typing a code). anyway i don’t think that it’s the primary think they’ve to implement to a phone. i would be more happy to have a phone with much more battery charge than a fingerprint (also because the NSA problems).

      anyway i don’t think it’s ratshit at all. but i won’t by a phone for that. maybe i’ll not use that also if the phone i bought will have it.

      • MasterMuffin

        But if the phone is also champagne golden?

    • Brian Shieh

      I think this would be a cool implement. It’s hidden, pretty convenient, and does the job:

      This is a link to what I was talking about

  • Shark Bait

    Holy Shit! samsung following apple, what’s going on???

    • Fred Chiang

      you mean apples following motorola atrix?

      • Shark Bait

        No Samsung didn’t care until apple did it

        • MadCowOnAStick

          they needa go back to that retina scanner lol

    • PerUtanZ

      Wow! Apple came with a small unimportant extra on their phone and since people bitch about how great it is and you (!) think noone will do the same litle shit thing?
      Instead lets talk about the looks and what makes android and put it in a iphone and dont giva a damn

      • Shark Bait

        Wwooooohhhhh what’s with all the anger bro, need a shoulder to cry on???

  • matrix

    I don’t want fingerprint scanner. I want DNA scanner instead.

    • Udit

      That would require u to shed a minute droplet of blood everytime u unlock it… U up for that?

  • Brendon Brown

    Put the Scanner on the Lock button not the home button ! Also do it on your tablets because then if it picks up who you are it signs you straight into your profile, that’d be great

    • nicholas vanni

      That is a very good idea if done right

  • 93foxwcubes

    Please, no finger bull