“LG Innotek has developed an under-glass fingerprint sensor module, allowing users to unlock their smartphones without rubbing a specific fingerprint recognition button,” Lee Min-hyung reports for Korea Times. “This will bring a paradigm shift in smartphone design, as the module won’t require an existing circular or rectangular fingerprint sensor button, the world’s largest smartphone camera module maker said in a statement, Sunday.”

“On top of that, the button-less fingerprint module will also help handset manufacturers to improve such features as waterproofing and dust protection,” Lee reports. “‘The new module is expected to drastically reduce any smartphone malfunctions, as it does not require a specific button for fingerprint recognition,’ said a spokeswoman. ‘We are in talks with some handset manufacturers to commercialize the new modules within the year.'”

“The company said the new module came as the company has succeeded in developing a technology to attach a fingerprint sensor into a 0.3-millimeter (mm) space under smartphone’s glass face. LG Innotek can customize the under-glass module for any handset manufacturer upon their request, the company said,” Lee reports. “The electronics parts maker of LG Group said the module’s security level is also on par with that of existing button-type fingerprint module, as the in-glass fingerprint module comes with a 0.002 percent of error rate.”

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LG Innotek is a current Apple supplier.

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