Chinese smartphone maker Huawei teased its work-in-progress 3D depth-sensing camera system which otherwise works without a laser sensor and has ten times the precision of iPhone X’s Face ID. Honor, one of Huawei’s biggest sub-brands, has announced an all-new flagship device in its V series, the Honor V10, and it has plenty to offer.
One of those offering have been accompanied by iPhone fans because while it was always likely that companies would start to offer Face ID-like features and technologies, the way Honor has gone about things is far from subtle.
Accordingly, the V10 is said will use Honor’s “feature innovations” that will apparently be part of smartphones of the future. The same feature, called the notch – looks very duplicate one which Apple’s TrueDepth sensor resides on iPhone X. Honor has its own camera system, but the sensors do things very similar to those built into iPhone X TrueDepth, and as you might expect, it is pretty pleased with itself.
Companies offerings feature like Face ID, only because it is simply where security is headed, but that’s not Honor is doing though with its camera system, rather going further beyond authentication that is riling some.
Huawei’s Face ID reproduction was reportedly designed to leapfrog Apple by using 300,000 dots to capture the elevations and depressions of a user’s face. Or ten times as many points as the TrueDepth camera in iPhone X. The system used by Huawei on Honor V10 would power phone unlocking, payment authorization and potentially other features requiring biometric authentication.
Shamelessly copying the technology?
Usually, the same technology takes as long as ten seconds to build a ten times more precise 3D model of the users’ face. It’s also apparently capable of matching face within 400 milliseconds versus 100 to 300 milliseconds response time for Huawei’s fingerprint sensor.
Also announced during the V10’s unveil, which can only be described as n Animoji rip-off. It’s a new version that will be even better than what Apple offers, as per Honor itself. What it does do, however, is highlighted something potentially concerning – with TrueDepth cameras, or camera systems like them, starting to show up in non-Apple smartphones, are animated emoji really the best way to show what they are capable of?
Unlike the Face ID system that relies on a structured-light technique which measures the distortion of each dot to generate an accurate 3D image for authentication. Huawei’s tech takes full advantage of fringe projection (vertical-cavity surface-emitting light) and a time-of-flight approach that calculates the time it takes for light to bounce off surrounding objects to create a 3D picture of the area.
Although the company has shown off its own version of Animoji which applies the user’s facial muscle movement to a 3D avatar, somewhat like a bear or anime character. Unlike iPhone X’s Animoji, Huawei’s system can also tell whether the user is sticking out their tongue.
Huawei didn’t actually specify when this technology could be fully ready for prime time, as it was a spec announcement. It is also unclear whether the system might make its debut in Huawei’s upcoming P11 flagship, expected later this year.
Analysts predicted it might take Android OEMs at least 18 months to copy Apple’s technology so this is an interesting turn right now. Huawei is one of the biggest rivals to Apple in China. And they notably announced their own “Force Touch” phone just days before the iPhone 6s launch.
(Source: WinFuture [Google Translate])
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