Top Apple analyst says Android cameras are years behind the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera
KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, has raised his estimate of the number of years it will take Android manufacturers to reach parity with the camera employed on the Apple iPhone X. According to Ming, the TrueDepth camera found on the tenth anniversary iPhone has a lead of about two and a half years over anything found on an Android handset. Kuo had previously said that the iPhone X camera was one-to-two years ahead of the best Android snappers.
As a result of this technological advantage, KGI says that despite limited supply for 2017, the iPhone X will have strong growth in the high-end smartphone market over the next two years. KGI expects 30 million to 35 million iPhone X units to ship this year, down from its previous forecast of 40 million. The drawback for Apple is that the TrueDepth camera is so complex, that producing it is causing delays. The camera powers the Face ID facial recognition system along with the face tracking required for Animoji.
Kuo says that Samsung and other top Android manufacturers need to produce something similar to the TrueDepth camera. Samsung's facial recognition system is based on 2D scanning, not 3D like Apple employs. The 2D technology is easier to fool, making it less secure than Apple's Face ID.
You can go back to February to find Kuo's first assessment of what would be called the TrueDepth camera. at that time, the analyst called the iPhone X camera system "revolutionary." Nearly eight months later, he apparently thinks even more about the iPhone X camera.