New face recognition technology promises 10 times better accuracy than Face ID


A new face recognition technology coming from a Chinese phone maker promises 10 times better accuracy than Apple's Face ID.

The new face identification technology uses a similar principle to Face ID on the iPhone X: it uses a dot projector to project a mesh of points to the face and make a detailed 3D map. However, unlike the iPhone X that uses some 30,000 points to map a face, this new technology uses 300,000, ten times more, hence the 10 times better accuracy claim.

The new face recognition tech comes from Chinese giant Huawei and its sub-brand Honor specifically.

It utilizes a higher-resolution camera to scan the face, one with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The whole scan is completed in just 400 milliseconds.

And just like Apple, the company will use this new technology for animoji, just a more realistic, more expressive version of animoji. The company demonstrated how its animoji can stick out their tongue and have more expressions.

Furthermore, similar technology will be built in future products to allow 3D scanning of real objects and not just faces. Take at the video above to see it all in action.

source: Roland Quandt

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54 Comments

1. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

No matter what Fingerprint is still more secure and convenient biometric.

15. Nopers unregistered

Exactly... are people really going to trust Chinese companies with a detailed depth map of your face? At least on iOS it never leaves your iPhone but I wouldn't trust Huawei/Honor with that.

27. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Honestly...you shouldn't be trusting anyone with such personal info. Everything can be hacked and exploited.... everything.

37. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Agreed.

55. sgodsell

Posts: 7570; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

At the end of the day having more than one option is better than relying on only one method. The iPhone X only gives you FaceID and that is it. So having a fingerprint scanner, and iris scanner, and facial recognition is great. Just having more than one option is even better. Also the author really doesn't seem to know that a 1280x800 image is really a low resolution image. It's only a 1 megapixel image.

26. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Sure if you're into that kind thing. I still prefer keeping my biometric info private, and where law enforcement is concerned they still can't force me to give up my unlock password like they can with fingerprints, facial recognition and Iris scans. We don't need to give up our biometric info regardless of how bad the powers-that-be want us to start using them. Just saying.

46. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well, the government already got 3 of my fingerprint since it's required for making passport. And FPscanner is much more convenient than password (its also more secure in daily life, where people can easily take peek when you typing password)

47. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The cops have my prints and mug shot, so needless to say the government does as well. I don't live on my phone to the point where I need it to unlock with just one touch of the screen (let alone sacrificing my identity at the same time)...a four digit passcode for me takes merely 2 seconds. And when it comes to people sneaking a peak...think of your phone as an ATM machine and just be aware of those around you when pulling out your phone.

28. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

In your opinion. I don’t think either are secure enough for really secure top secret stuff. But on the other hand they are probably a lot more secure than most of the credit cards out there. Fingerprinting is not a secure thing. It’s been proven with some materials that you can get that you can easily bypass this as well. But like it or not the 3 d scanning that’s in this is here to stay for awhile and most to all manufacturers are going to have there own setup. Apple will also put a more advancements in there as well. I would personally like both face and finger in the next iPhone. But unless it’s under the screen I don’t want it on the back. The side of the phone is the only other place I would like. The only thing is the more advanced these phones get sometimes things have to be dropped out that you are comfortable with like fingerprint, ir blasters and 3.5 jacks to name a few. But new tech does not advance if you stick with what your comfortable. You have to try new things. Also those things have to work. I like Face ID. And I like that there is no home button on the home screen. They could have done the x with both on the side but whatever Face ID does work. In the future it will work better and it will leave no doubt at some point to the people that are holding on to whatever else that it will be the best option. That and some people just want to complain about a phone company no mater what they do.

35. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Not if it's up to par with 2015 technology, like Windows Hello: https://youtu.be/nMdVHDqJsEs

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

At half the price of x??? For sure!

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

At it will come in 2022.....LOL

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Last time you said something like this, it was 2020. Guess you make stuff up as you go along eh. Besides, it's not like the tech is that advanced.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

SMH.....This is what Apple could have done but of course they are the champions of cheap. Fingerprint all day but this is much better, good job Huawei and Honor!

4. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

You haven't seen Huawei implementation.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I just watched it on video lol, Huawei owns Honor so this new tech is Huawei's. Did you not read the article? I though everyone knew by now that honor is a Huawei sub brand.

9. midan

Posts: 3112; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I don't think he meant that, he propably meant that this is just early demo, far from real working feature. I mean when you said this is what Apple could done, iPhone X is in the market now with working face ID, just saying

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True but if that is what he meant he should have made it clear.

16. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Huawei/Honor could probably include this in their flagship and midrange devices next year, it's not exactly new technology. Just because Apple makes it seem it's something brand new they came up with doesn't make it true. Huawei/Honor don't mess around and have made it very clear they intend to take on Apple and Samsung. I'd say it's gonna be a main feature in their line up next year.

5. Nopers unregistered

Okay, so 10x the dots=10x the accuracy?....k. Besides 400ms is still pretty slow compared to a fingerprint reader and not actually that much faster than FaceID is right now, surely its safe to assume that 300,000 dots is either going to consume much more power than FaceID or each dot will be much weaker meaning it won't work as well in different lighting conditions, I mean I have an iPhone X and some lighting conditions double the unlock time. It's cool what they did with the tongue though... but I'm not sure that's a FaceID hardware limitation.

18. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It wouldn't necessarily have to use more power to achieve this, it's not like every dot has its own projector, they use a wafer or mesh to achieve it. It's the infra-red sensor that will have to be sufficiently capable at picking them up and the hardware at processing the data.

7. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Very nice but personally I still want & prefer fingerprint back on the front under glass.

19. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Expect it early next year.

8. midan

Posts: 3112; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It takes propably year or two to have this on real device, they just had to show something for the world after X

10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

So the others are following as expected...thanks Apple for creating new technologies.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4320; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple didn't create anything. They bought something.

33. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

An old one, try to update your arguments.

44. cmdacos

Posts: 4320; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Truth stings... Sorry

21. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Amen! Paved the way...

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

As happens anytime a company puts out something new, their competition follows. Btw, how's that wireless charging from 2012 treating you?

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