A new report has been published today which claims that the first Android smartphone with 3D facial recognition feature will not appear before the third quarter of 2018.
While the 3D sensing module jointly developed by Qualcomm, Himax Technologies and Truly Opto-electronics is believed to be the most mature 3D sensing solution now available in the market, the limit of using only Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 CPU in the module has deterred the top-five Android phone makers, with the exception of Xiaomi Technology, from using this module for their high-end models.
The report also notes that suppliers of 3D sensing modules are having a problem combining the software and hardware needed to make the technology work. Qualcomm, Himax Technologies and Truly Opto-gadgets have a joint wander for making a 3D detecting module, however, it just takes a shot at Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 stage. However, those modules can only work if a device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
Samsung Electronics and Huawei obviously do not want to use Qualcomm's chips on their high-end models, and instead both plan to develop their own 3D algorithms. The report also suggests that Samsung will not offer such feature until 2019.
On the other hand, Apple's Face ID uses dedicated sensors, dot projector, and an infrared camera to scan the face for authentication. The top-notch also houses components like microphone and speakers.
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.
The Mi 7 was originally planned to be launched in the first half of this year itself. Meanwhile, Huawei is believed to have already gathered the necessary technologies to incorporate 3D sensing into its phones, but it still didn't do so for its recently launched P20 flagship series.
But today's report indicates that the phone has to wait a little longer, and the launch has been delayed to the third quarter, because of the poor results of the facial recognition system.
As per the reports, Xiaomi Mi 7 could be the first Android Smartphone to accompany 3D facial recognition tech.
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