Android phones to follow Apple’s lead with 3D sensors

The release of iPhone X has seen Apple move from old fingerprint sensors to the more advanced 3D face recognition sensors, and if there is an element of truth in the report coming from Asia, Android manufacturers are planning to follow the same route as 2018 unfolds.

According to a report in DigiTimes, the likes of Oppo, Xiomi and Huawei are working on 3D sensing technology of their own. They are working on the advanced face scanning cameras that make those Snapchat lenses so realistic and Face ID so accurate.

Citing “industry source,” the report says the suppliers who build the essential technology are getting a steady stream of incoming orders. This means we can expect to see the same front-facing scanning on many Android flagships next year.

Your face will serve as your password

While face unlocking and iris scanning has been available on handsets for some years, the TrueDepth front camera used on iPhone X is a step up in terms of precision and accuracy – according to Apple, there is one in one million chance of a random face beating the new Face ID compared with Touch ID and fingerprints one in 50,000.

Now it looks like Android manufacturers want to have the same technology on their own phones. We have already heard rumors that Samsung is preparing to put a 3D sensor into the Galaxy S9 front camera due next year.

Now that Qualcomm is working on its more advanced sensors, it seems like 2018 is going to be a good year to buy yourself a new flagship smartphone. The chances are that you are going to get some kind of advanced face unlock technology in 2018 – no matter the manufacturer you choose to go with.

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