LG’s component subsidiary Innotek has developed a new kind of fingerprint ready component that will allow smartphone manufacturers to move their fingerprint sensors from the home button to the display glass’ bezel area. In short, you will no longer need to have a specific area set apart for using fingerprints. Rather, the phone that uses fingerprint tech will look like any other ordinary phone.
Currently, fingerprint sensors are limited by sensor component designs that leave manufacturers with little choice but to integrate them into the home button.
So, LG has developed a new design that isn’t exposed to the outside of the device, effectively making the fingerprint sensor invisible. LG Innotek goes so far as to recommend that manufacturers indicate the sensor’s location so users can even tell where it is.
Although this isn’t the first time we’ve seen fingerprint sensors embedded under the glass, as Qualcomm and Synaptics both announced having similar components last year, LG’s invisible fingerprint sensors have the potential to bring the technology into the mainstream.
“We are in talks with some handset manufacturers to commercialize the new modules within the year,” an LG Innotek spokesman told The Korean Times.
Expect to see these newer, better fingerprint sensors coming soon to a smartphone near you.