[THE INVESTOR] Samsung Electronics is expected to feature fingerprint scanning for its cheapest smartphone line Galaxy J that will be launched in the second quarter this year, ETnews reported on March 29.
The Korean tech giant has thus far adopted fingerprint scanning for the flagship S and mid-priced A series. With the latest adoption by the J, almost all its key smartphone models will come with a fingerprint scanner.
The report said Samsung may want to expand the presence of its mobile payment system Samsung Pay, among other things, by ensuring better security for users.
“Samsung is in talks with fingerprint module suppliers. The production is expected to start from May,” an industry source was quoted as saying.
Korean module makers such as Dreamtech, MCNEX and Patron are cited as the potential suppliers.
The J series sells more than 100 million units annually. Priced at about 200,000 won to 300,000 won (US$179-269), the phone’s key market is India.
Samsung declined to confirm the report.
By Lee Ji-yoon (firstname.lastname@example.org)