After Apple ditched the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone X for 3D Facial recognition, a lot of Android OEMs have added face unlock feature on their smartphones. However, the technology uses software program to recognize the face and unlock the smartphone, whereas Apple uses dedicated sensors, dot projector and infrared camera to scan the face for authentication.
Now, according to a new report on Digitimes, the Xiaomi Mi 7 could be the first Android smartphone to come with 3D facial recognition tech. The report also states that the first smartphone won’t appear until third quarter of 2018. But luckily, Q3 begins in July. It’s not that Android OEMs can’t implement 3D sensing tech, but the issue is with vendors that provide modules for the same.
3D sensing for facial mapping system will use a process similar to what we have already seen on the iPhone X that uses TrueDepth Camera. It is intelligent enough to recognize the users, even if they are wearing a hat or sunglasses, gone bald or have long hair, clean shaven or grown a thick beard.
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The report further states that suppliers are having issues in combining hardware and software to make 3D sensing modules work on Android smartphones. Qualcomm, Himax Technologies and Truly Opto-electronics have a joint venture for creating a 3D sensing module, but it only works on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform. And as Samsung and Huawei use their own chipsets, they won’t be the first OEMs to launch an Android smartphone with 3D sensing, the report added.
Lastly, the report also mentions that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 7, which is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC, and feature a full-screen display with a notch, could feature 3D sensing tech. It is also likely to come with an under-display fingerprint sensor, dual rear cameras and more.