A fingerprint scanner could be among the features of the new Asus phone, some sources say.
According to DigiTimes, the Asus ZenFone 3 will see its first release in May or June and is likely to sport fingerprint scanning technology, despite being a mid-range model.
Indeed, with component parts becoming more affordable, it may be that we see more mid-range phones with this feature in the future.
So, what will the technology be used for in the new Asus? If fingerprint scanning is part of the new model, it is likely to be used as an alternative way to unlock your phone – something that means you'll no longer need to type in a pin or complete a pattern to access your apps, texts and calls.
In recent months, question marks have been raised about the security of fingerprint technology in phones. For example, earlier this year Business Insider reported concerns about fingerprint scanners in Android phones, citing evidence that they could be hacked to collect data on users.
Concerns, which were raised during the Blackhat hacking conference in Las Vegas, included that it could be possible for hackers to remotely harvest people's fingerprints from these devices.
There are ways that consumers can protect themselves though, as suggested in research paper Fingerprints on Mobile Devices: Abusing and Leaking by Yulong Zhang, Zhaofeng Chen, Hui Xue, and Tao Wei at FireEye Labs.
"To avoid being attacked by malware or being exploited for remote code execution, we suggest normal users to choose mobile device vendors with timely patching/upgrading to the latest version, and always keep your device up to date. Also, it is always a good practice to install popular apps from reliable sources," the paper stated.
Of course, whether or not users commonly encounter problems with this kind of tech on smartphones remains to be seen. One thing's for sure – for gadget lovers, the arrival of fingerprint technology on mid-range phones is definitely exciting.