Apple’s iPhone X is probably the only phone right now which has 3D facial sensing tech but only for a few more months. It seems like Android manufacturers are creating their own tech.
Xiaomi may, in fact, be one of the first brands to unveil a handset with 3D facial sensing with the launch of Mi 7, if a recent report is to be believed. Xiaomi Mi 7 is the company’s next big smartphone and was expected to launch in the first half of 2018, but its plans have been delayed. Apple currently makes use of similar 3D facial sensing (Face ID) on the iPhone X.
As per a new report by Digitimes, this is because of “a low success rate for facial recognition caused by slow adjustment processes of related software at Qualcomm.” This means Xiaomi can do nothing but wait till the chipmaker finds a way to solve the software issue so its Mi 7 handset launches with 3D face sensing tech.
Qualcomm, Himax Technologies, and Truly Opto-Electronics have jointly made the most advanced 3D sensing technology available for Android OEMs, alas it is compatible only with the flagship Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip. This means any brand looking for a chip below flagship grade will not have the option of adding 3D facial sensing to its set of features.