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LG fingerprint sensor sits beneath smartphone screen

LG Innotek is innovating, new smartphone fingerprint sensor expected to go commercial soon

Sean Ridgeley | May 2, 2016 at 10:08 am CDT (0 mins, 40 secs time to read)

Fingerprint modules on smartphones typically require you to press your finger on a raised button, meaning they must be mounted externally. LG's South Korean outfit Innotek is innovating on this front, though, and has created a fingerprint sensor that doesn't require a button at all and is mounted beneath the screen, thus offering the functionality without interfering with the form.

LG fingerprint sensor sits beneath smartphone screen |

With the sensor out of the way, companies can be more free with their smartphone designs.

The sensor is said to be safe thanks to high-strength cover glass which protects it from water and scratches, while a proprietary adhesive keeps it secure even after high impact. It's also said to have an extremely low false acceptance rate of 0.002%.

The new sensors are expected to be on the market by the end of 2016.

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