The OLED iPhone X has been available for a little while now, which has given consumers better time to adjust the new biometric authentication method, Face ID. The main feature replaces Touch ID, unlocking the iPhone X via a face scan rather than a fingerprint. A similar feature has also been introduced into the smartphones like OnePlus 5T as Face Unlock. How it compares with the Apple’s Face ID in iPhone X.
In the video below, you will find something to learn on how Face ID measures up to Touch ID and how it compares to similar facial recognition options in devices like the OnePlus 5T.
For the most part, Face ID in iPhone X works pretty well and is at least as quick as Touch ID, but there are some pain points, too. When the iPhone X held in landscape mode, Face ID often doesn’t work. It can also have trouble when it’s flat on a surface and can’t get a good read on your face, and even when you have sunglasses, a hat, or a scarf covering your face, it can be hit or miss at times.
The aforementioned points of failure don’t apply for some other smartphones that use facial recognition techniques. The OnePlus 5T, and of course device with facial recognition from Samsung, uses multiple biometric systems with facial recognition paired with a fingerprint sensor.
About Face ID, in most ways is superior to the facial recognition options used by competing devices, simply because it offers more security. Face ID uses 3D depth sensing with an infrared camera and a dot projector, while companies like OnePlus and Samsung only using 2D methods that rely solely on the front-facing camera.
Face ID vs. Android Face Unlock (OnePlus 5T, Note 8, etc)
Without 3D depth mapping, OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock feature can be faster than Face ID. But again, it doesn’t work in low light, unlike Face ID. It can work in almost any conditions, daylight or night low-light. It’s also more of a convenience feature than a security feature and it’s not used for authenticating passwords or mobile payments.
Sources have said Face ID is years ahead of similar facial recognition tech from Android smartphone makers, and that’s evident in the functionality divide between the OnePlus 5T and the iPhone X.
Still, many people having trouble adjusting to Face ID and miss the opportunity of certain Touch ID features, like being able to unlock the iPhone regardless of its position.
Rumors already suggest Face ID will roll out to the 2018 iPhones, and also said that Face ID will expand to additional devices like the iPad Pro in the future, next year? Love it or hate it, Face ID is here to stay.
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