More and more Android phones will adopt 3D sensing tech this year, but what about Samsung?

More and more Android phones will adopt 3D sensing tech this year, but what about Samsung?
Samsung's next big cat is completely out of the bag now that the full specs of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ are laid out in the open, confirming almost every single recent rumor. But even though we have a great deal to be excited about here, it's a little disappointing to see no mention of 3D facial recognition technology.

While late to the party, the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi, and Oppo have been making serious efforts over the past year or so to catch up to Apple and its iPhone X-introduced Face ID feature. According to a new Digitimes report, global shipments of Android handsets integrating various forms of 3D sensing functionality are likely to "boom" in 2019, thanks primarily to the work of the same aforementioned smartphone manufacturers.

Oppo even went a step forward not long ago, unveiling the world's first mobile device with a rear-mounted time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. This groundbreaking tech, which is mainly used in advanced AR (augmented reality) scenarios requiring precision and reliability, is expected to rapidly expand this year, powering a grand total of around 20 million phones sold by Oppo, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Vivo.

Apple's 2019 iPhones have been repeatedly tipped to sport rear-facing TrueDepth cameras in addition to the face-scanning 3D sensors housed by the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR notch, which are actually not powered by the super-complex ToF technology. But although we heard similar whispers about a 5G-capable Galaxy S10 variant with a whopping four rear shooters in tow, Digitimes seems to suggest that's not happening.

Today's report ignores Samsung altogether, which either means the company has no immediate plans for 3D sensing adoption or simply that these intentions are being neatly kept under wraps.

Believe it or not, other brands could soon launch "mid-tier to high-end models" with 3D sensors as well, although that's definitely unlikely to happen as far as "back-end" ToF solutions are concerned. Still, it would be very cool to see mid-rangers offer state-of-the-art Face ID-style biometric authentication functionality.

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14 Comments

1. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

The in display fingerprint scanner will be the death of facial security. Hopefully OEM's quit spending time and resources on this less secure technology.

2. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You are propably wrong. Future is in where you don't physically need to touch anywhere, when product do things for you before you even notice. Facial recognition does exactly that. I'm noticing the big difference when i use my iPad and iPhone. I got used to fact that my iPhone just do things before i notice. Filling passwords online, opening bank app. Opening apps like new updated whatsapp app with facial lock and more apps will get the same treatment because it's like invisible lock. You don't need to do any extra to use it unlike with fingerprint scanner. Except when you unlock your phone or buy stuff where it can't be automatic. All those happening immediately. After work i go home and use my iPad and i'm noticing how many times i have to reach to that home button to use fingerprint scanner because it doesn't do anything automaticly, many times i just wait little bit because i forget that i actually have to use my finger.

3. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

When the rest of the GUI is touch one more touch for a more secure device I know which one I will choose. And I use my Iris scanner so I have the best of both worlds on my Note 8. Even though I am guessing the iris scanner is no more this year.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You have got to use an iPhone at least for a week to understand what midan is talking about. The future is AI. When using force, both the fingerprint and the face are useless, but things change when we are talking about the human behavior (you can be forced to look into your Face ID to unlock the phone when you have a gun on your head, but the same gun is useless when the phone senses fear or a threat and refuses to unlock) - think about MI5.

7. Vokilam

Posts: 1200; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I’m never letting go of Face ID. Everything is done at a glance. Do sensors regardless of how implemented would be a step backwards.

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1200; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Oh my G. It’s so true, you pick up a phone that doesn’t have Face ID and you’re stumped why nothing is happening. I have my lock screen set up with notifications so most of the time I don’t need to go into the home screen (only when I need to launch an app). I just tap anywhere on screen and information shows up - and if you did that to my phone - you won’t see anything - information only shows up when phone sees my face - so so convinient. Any fingerprint scanner would be such a huge step backwards. Especially in the cold if you’re wearing gloves or while swimming in water, or while working with dirty hands. Nah - you cannot sell me a device with fp sensor (even behind screen). Face ID is clear winner - screw the haters - they have no idea.

12. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Exactly!

13. mootu

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And what about who spend a lot of time at work with their face covered such as myself?

4. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Samsung should better make their efforts towards hiding the iris scanner under the display.

6. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Facial recognition is proved unsafe.Fingerprint continues the more secure to unlock the cell.

9. Vokilam

Posts: 1200; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yeah I’m not sure how many iPhone X, XS, XSMax are sold by now, but if it was less secure than fp sensor it would have hit every headline and articles would keep flowing in about that - I have not once had anyone who tried to unlock my X been successful (not even my dad who looks extremely like me). If there’s a possibility - it’s extremely rare (and I beleive Apple did acknowledge that in their presentation). Sorry bro, but statistics does not agree with you.

10. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Fingerprint is just vastly more convenient and will return to Apple in a year or so. There is just no need for 3d facial recognition unless it's for other purposes like AR or such (AR is slowing down anyway just like mobile VR). Just try using Apple Pay without a fingerprint reader...it's just awkward to say the least.

11. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Just try using Apple Pay without a fingerprint reader...it's just awkward to say the least." Then you use it wrong way, i use Apple Pay with Face ID all the time. You don't use it sameway how you use fps. When you waiting in line you double press power button which open the Apple Pay, second later your face is scanned and when you get to the reader you just show your phone close to that and second later you paid your stuff. You don't scan your face while using the reader you do it before :)

14. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I think we should have both: Facial and Fingerprint recognition enabled at once. This should make things convenient for more people and in more scenarios.

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