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Picture, video, your brother - the Galaxy S10’s face unlock can be easily duped

Picture, video, your brother - the Galaxy S10’s face unlock can be easily duped
Not that we were expecting anything else from two-dimensional face recognition setup, but the Galaxy S10's front camera unlock can be chalked off to the convenience department, rather than to the secure biometry one.

It can apparently be fooled with a video of the person, a picture, or even a sibling whose facial features are similar. That's been a running trend with those identification systems that don't have the 3D depth-scanning parameters of Apple's Face ID kit or the camera sets on Android phones like the Mate 20 Pro.

Needless to say, those systems don't claim to be anything else than a convenience feature and there are disclaimers warning about the same, too. Samsung itself warns in the recognition option settings that "faster recognition improves speed but reduces security, increasing the possibility of a video or image being incorrectly recognized as your face."

There you have it, face scanning on the Galaxy S10 does exactly what it says on the tin, and if you want real biometric security on the phone, you'd have to use the in-display fingerprint scanner.


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Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4 inches
    3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI

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