LG G3 to include fingerprint scanner?

LG G3 to include fingerprint scanner?
The Apple iPhone 5s and the HTC One max might not be the only handsets on the market to wield a fingerprint scanner, if the latest rumor is true. A published report out of Korea on Thursday indicates that the follow-up to the powerhouse LG G2 will include a fingerprint scanner. The scanner is expected to be similar to the one the HTC phablet, which requires the user to swipe his finger over the sensor. On the Apple iPhone 5s, the sensor is embedded into the home button which means that the user does not need to move his finger to get a reading.

An anonymous official who is close to the situation says that the Korean OEM has just made the decision to go ahead and include the scanner on the LG G3. Testing of the fingerprint scanner is still being done on a prototype. The LG G3 is being designed to sync with the company's upcoming LG G-Arch smartwatch and LG-Health fitness wristband.

The LG G3 and the wearable accessories are expected to be unveiled in February at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. The device is said to carry a 5.5 inch IPS LCD screen with resolution of 1440 x 2560 and be powered by a homegrown octa-core chip. The handset is also expected to include a 16MP rear camera.

source: KoreaHerald via BGR

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44. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Fortgetting about the G2 doesn't mean it isn't better than the iPhone 5S. Just because you fail to see that the 5S is a re-branded 5 with a useless fingerprint scanner is your own problem. I heard apples scanner was easily hacked and also could be unlocked by other parts of the body. The finger print scanner is a dumb idea and no phone should have one. I agree the design should be taken a further step since LG is the only phone creator to actually take chances in that regard. HTC did it first but LG took it a notch further. I hope LG keeps making phones because they clearly know how to make better phones than their leading competitors which is hilarious

40. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You guys really need to get outside more, and make new friends. You are talking about phones, right?

42. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Damn... that's good :)

35. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Sorry guys, but i gotta give credit where credit is due. I think this IS one feature that other OEMs should copy from Apple. Yes, Motorola did it first. And maybe it wasn't the biggest seller because it was on that one phone, on that one network, that was pushing everyone into iPhones at the time. That said, Apple freakin' NAILED this one! They did what they always do... Took something that already existed, and implemented it in a way no one else thought to. HTCs scanner is a joke compared to the one on the iPhone and if LG uses the same tired, stale implementation it will be just as big of a let down.

32. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Manufacturers please stop copying apple and make something different of your own(like innovating more on lg's flexible oled phones). Fingerprint scanners are just a gimmick

17. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Whats with all the G3 talk? We won't see it for a year and itll just have another ugly plastic design and poor sales.

29. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Who said G2 has ugly design? Just because you have an opinion don't try to make it a fact G2 has one of the best designs for a phone I've seen in awhile bar the HTC One(which I originally wanted). This phone is a dream just LG when it comes to update isn't. The day LG begins updating their phones in God speed is the day the wrestle the reigns of power from Samsung.

34. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Well its certainly not pretty. And that's a wide spread opinion. While that is not a fact, its popular belief which is just as bad given that it is not selling.

36. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I like it! Also, I don't it's not selling because it's ugly. I think it's not selling because it's an LG. They killed their reputation with some really crappy feature phones, and even though they've turned out some of the best Android devices money can buy, they haven't done anything to repair their rep. A little marketing would go a long way. It worked for Samsung!

43. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I think you are correct. It's the history before.... I just switched from Samsung (I used Iphone, HTC one and Galaxy 3 before) to LG G2 and if they continue to make phones like this I would never go back to Samsung again.

41. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

G2 is an amazing phone my friend. Plastic or not does it really matter because most of the time will be in the case anyway. So yes I would get a G3 as well.

14. loveHEAVYMETAL unregistered

I think next flagship will named as something same as lg optimus g pro,maybe LG G2 pro, i think there will none OEM is stupid enough to make another MAJOR flagship to replace current flagship,when current flagship just announced for few months, I think will release a phablet,which causing it make the best phablet for q1-q3,because most company are release normal size phone in early year, Then Lg release another normal sized phone around late q3, but most of the oem release phablet around the time,again causing it make the best phone in the year, if you follow all new about lg, you will understand what i say,this year lg already used this "strategy"

13. Sauce unregistered

Let's wait and see which companies add such a great feature to their phone (properly and practically) all because Apple did. Before anyone else says the FP scanner is pointless, stupid, gimmicy, etc, just remember that no one else added it earlier because 1) it wasn't a successful hit on the Atrix (not naming others because they weren't well known or popular), and 2) because they weren't Apple. Apple nearly perfected the use and placement of this common security feature (found on doors, work stations, hubs, phones). It would be smart for more companies to add this as well. If the people in charge of designing and marketing (more to marketing than just throwing something on a billboard or over the air) thought the finger print scanner was a gimmic and pointless, they wouldn't be adding it to their flagships. I for one hope that more companies do add this feature. Until the hate filled fanboys have everyday experience with the Touch ID, only then will they bite their tounge. It's so simple, fast, easy, and fun to pull your phone out of your pocket and already have it unlocked before your eyes hit the screen. If you do not like the feature on a device, either don't buy it, or disable it and use the numeric, alphabetic(?), or pattern password option. It's that simple lol.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The fact that the Atrix wasn't a big seller doesn't change the fact that they did in fact do it two years before Apple and Apple copied the idea from them.

26. Sauce unregistered

Did Mercedes copy Ford for having an engine?

27. Sauce unregistered

"Copy" is such a cliche word to use aggressively

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ted, I don't think apple copied the idea, as much as revived a failed feature. Moto simply implemented the feature horribly, and apple implemented it nearly flawlessly...nearly. Right into the home button, c'mon bro that was sweet.

12. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Motorola Atrix had everyone beat, and honestly after the first year it became stupid still loved the phone, but that feature had become more annoying than useful. Still if they do or don't put it there G3 will beat iphone6 or Iphone5GS

8. HASHTAG unregistered

Just don't screw up and put it on the back of the phone.

11. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

if you are implying on htc one max the back of the phone is the best place you should put a fingerprint because of its size ! I have one and I dont think that there is a better place and it is very comfortable

31. HASHTAG unregistered

I am not saying that I disagree with your claim, but I have watched a lot of reviewers saying that they hate the fingerprint scanner being on the back of the HTC Max.

48. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

yes i watched them all before I bought mine.. and I was afraid to bought it because of these reviews but it turns out that when you get use to it, you can unlock your phone very smoothly

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

One does it and now others follow

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2699; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

In all fairness, this was something Apple followed on as well. The only difference is that they did a pretty good job with it. I can only hope that LG does a better job than HTC did. Not that I'm particularly hopeful.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I know, right. Motorola should be flattered.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Aww come on! They can't be serious about this. Why not work on something more practical and useful. For example an even better OIS camera, better design etc. Apple has lost its charm. People dont wanna buy tiny toy iphones anymore. Android OEMs need not copy them. Not that fingerprint scanner was apples original idea either

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Tiny toy iPhones huh? I'll take that over cheap plastic any day.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Really? So tell me how new your so called new iphone 5S is? Atleast LG doesnt sell the same phone twice in two years with different branding. LG G2 beats your expensive apple feature phone anyday.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Funny thing is that two years from now people will still be talking about the 5S while the G2 will long be forgotten.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

#MXYZPTLK how do know the lg g2 will be forgotten? Please provide an explanation. I starting hating the iphone once I figured it so incapable. You can playback 1080p video in full resolution on the G2. I wonder if you can do that on your 5S .... oops. The truth is ios will be forgotten in a few years. Android already has 80% marketshare.

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