Apple is an influencer. Any new technology or hardware it uses goes viral, and other manufacturers begin using it as well. Be sure the same will happen with the new iPhone 8/Plus and iPhone X. As you know, the Cupertino-based company announced these three models a few days back at a special conference. But it wasn’t a matter of a regular event only. The manufacturer announced a new feature no one had been thinking it will appear so soon. At least, we have had heard facial recognition is still unreachable due to technology issues. But it turns out Apple and the companies it is cooperating with have managed to finish this technology. Otherwise, it won’t appear on the iPhone X. What this means for the top smartphone makers including Samsung, Xiaomi and others. Reportedly, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), which is considered to be the world’s largest dedicated independent (pure-play) semiconductor foundry will start providing the hardware-based 3D face recognition technology for many top brands such as Samsung and Xiaomi.
Honestly, we have already heard Qualcomm is in a deep cooperation with TSMC, and the next Snapdragon family chip with a model number of 845 will be made jointly by the Taiwanese company. The Snapdragon 845 is promised to run on a 10nm process node but provide faster and smoother performance at lower power consumption. Plus, it will support many innovative technologies including a facial recognition. Now it turns out the Qualcomm is accelerating a SLiM-related technology and product promotion that should create 3D deep sensing solution due to the photoelectric effect. This technology is identical to the iPhone X Face ID (3D face recognition) technology.
It’s reported SLiM’s 3D camera module program will be ready in January next year. So the first smartphones packed with it will appear on the market in Q1. Samsung and Xiaomi are adopting this new technology at a fast pace. This is not anything new, as we have heard the Xiaomi Mi 6 successor (supposed to be the Xiaomi Mi 7) and the next-gen Samsung Galaxy S model will be released in the first months of 2018 and they will sport a Snapdragon 845 chip supporting the aforementioned feature.
Well, no one doubts the next flagships of these companies will support facial recognition like the iPhone X Face ID, but they should hurry up because their competitors are already coming with similar models. Say, Vivo has already announced the X20, which unlocks the phone via facial recognition option in just 0.1 seconds.