When Samsung’s Galaxy S9 features are concerned, the S9’s Face Unlock isn’t as advanced as the iPhone X‘s Face ID.So the Korean firm is rumored to bring iPhone X’s Face ID 3D facial recognition into its upcoming Galaxy S10, according to a new report.
Samsung is reportedly working on a 3D camera for the next Galaxy S flagship smartphone, which may have a better answer to iPhone X’s Face ID.
Work is underway to fix one of the biggest criticisms of the Samsung Galaxy S9, a mostly excellent phone. The problem? Its lack of a 3D front-facing camera makes the Galaxy S9’s iPhone X-like features Intelligent Scan and AR Emoji fall flat.
Then the Galaxy S10 could reverse that, according to a new report. For that, Samsung has teamed up with 3D camera startup Mantis Vision to provide 3D sensing camera technology for the next-generation Galaxy S phone. According to Korean news outlet The Bell, Samsung is set to offer a Face ID-like feature on next year’s Galaxy S10.
While the Israeli startup said to be working with camera module company Namuga in an attempt to develop 3D sensing camera capabilities similar to Facial Recognition and Face ID.
To see the importance of a 3D camera tech in phones, look no further than the iPhone X. Its TrueDepth camera system uses 30,000 infrared dots to map a 3D model of a face. This manifests in particular features like Face ID, seen on iPhone X, which unlocks the phone using facial recognition and is secure enough for mobile payments and Animojis, which create a virtual emoji mask you can control with your face.
If this report or rumor is true, then the two big companies may be able to give Samsung the camera tech required to offer something akin to the Apple’s Face ID in its own smartphones.
Samsung’s efforts culminate in Intelligent Scan, which uses Iris and 2D facial recognition in order to offer some sort of face-based authentication mechanism. However, it isn’t as secure enough for mobile payments, and AR Emoji, which will find super creepy and unfinished work, meaning that to be less accurate, less secure, and even slower to function than Face ID.
This is the reason why Samsung’s current facial tech on Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ doesn’t allow for things like payments or app purchases like Apple’s Face ID does, so it would very much stand to reason that Samsung would be looking at an alternative solution for next year’s flagship devices.
And, of course, Apple made accurate face scans the front-facing camera feature to beat, and Samsung, which rivals Apple for good phone dominance, is now at least one generation behind. Copying Face ID will not be an easy task, because there are manufacturers already said it will take Android smartphone companies up to two and a half years to be able to compete with Face ID, but the likes of Samsung may still have to wait ahead of them before they can say their own systems are as secure, or even just as slick as Apple’s Face ID.
Nevertheless, the sooner Samsung suppliers can outfit the Korean tech giant with a 3D camera that match features with the iPhone X and whatever Apple comes up with next, the sooner it can close the divide.
Advanced 3D camera technology may also improve features that use augmented reality. As we start to see AR pop up in more mobile applications, we may also see phone makers come out with better hardware to support it.
(Source: The Investor)
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