Yesterday we talked about how the LG G4 might differentiate itself from its predecessor, and implement new features that would make it a more competitive rival to Samsung and HTC’s finest, unveiled at MWC 2015.
There are several ways LG will apparently do this: the G4 could feature a metal body and it will be released with a new LG UX on top of the Android operating system. In addition, the handset could also boast a brand new in-house SoC and ditch the Snapdragon 810.
More to the point, earlier this week, LG Mobile’s CEO Cho Juno revealed that LG is considering entering the mobile payment game and is now on the lookout for potential partners to undertake this endeavor. But mobile payments usually require some sort of secure biometric scanning for authentication purposes, such as a fingerprint scanner, and up until now we haven’t heard anything regarding the LG G4 and the possibility that it might feature such tech.
Today however, we learned that the LG G4 could indeed boast a fingerprint sensor, following what seems to be a last minute decision by the Korean manufacturer. More details right after the break.
LG G4 to Feature a Fingerprint Sensor
LG initially planned to adopt the fingerprint scanning technology last year, with the release of the LG G3. Obviously this didn’t come to pass, and perhaps the main reasons for this is because Apple had exclusive access to the best sensors on the market, while the rest of the manufacturers had to rely on relatively outdated technology.
Nevertheless, things have changed since the launch of the iPhone 5S, and now it looks like LG is ready to adopt the fingerprint scanning technology for its G4. Sources in Korea say that the sensor will be embedded in the power button, which once again will be placed on the back of the device.
Reportedly, this appears to be a last minute decision from LG’s part- a decision that has its roots in the company’s desire to enter the mobile payment business, following Samsung’s Unpacked event where the rival company announced Samsung Pay.
The LG G4 should be unveiled next month so hopefully the Korean manufacturer will have enough time to implement these features before the handset’s debut. However, if the tech will eventually miss LG G4’s release date, you can be almost certain that it will find a home on the new flagship lineup that LG hinted at yesterday.