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LG Electronics may adopt iris scanner for next flagship: sources

All Headlines 14:34 December 11, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- LG Electronics Inc. may adopt an iris scanner for its next flagship smartphone, industry sources said Monday, in a move to keep abreast of the latest technology trends.

According to the Netherlands-based LetsGoDigital, the South Korean smartphone maker recently filed a patent related to iris-scanner technology to the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Industry watchers said it is highly likely that LG Electronics may adopt the feature for its upcoming flagship, presumably the LG G7.

LG Electronics' G6 and V30 smartphones launched this year only supported fingerprint screening.

As iris scanners are considered to be tougher security compared to fingerprints, global tech giants have been seeking to implement the technology in their mobile devices.

Samsung Electronics first shipped an iris scanner on its Galaxy Note 7 phablet released last year. Although the device was short-lived due to battery problems, Samsung has since incorporated iris-scanner technology into its other flagship smartphones.

LG Electronics Inc.'s G6 smarpthone (Yonhap)

colin@yna.co.kr
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