Here's LG's Response To Face ID

Here's LG's Response To Face ID

Here's LG's Response To Face ID

It's official - the LG G8 ThinQ will be announced at MWC later this month.

"Our newest flagship was designed with ToF technology from inception to give users a unique and secure verification system without sacrificing camera capabilities", said LG's senior vice president of mobile product strategy, Chang Ma.

LG has announced its latest phone, the LG G8 ThinQ, and revealed that it will come with camera technology that's set to rival what's in the iPhone XS. For adding depth to the selfie shots, smartphone OEMs make use of software-based complex algorithms to calculate the distance between the subject in a selfie image and the camera sensor. The new chip will provide "sophisticated security for phone unlocking and payment authentication".

The most interesting feature that we know about so far seems to be a challenge to Apple's Face ID.

Compared to structured lighting, which is now being used by Apple for its front-facing TrueDepth camera, ToF is easier and cheaper to make. If all works as advertised, the LG G8 ThinQ could deliver that same confidence with its Time-of-Flight-enabled face recognition system.

LG has teamed with imaging specialist Infineon Technologies and will use its Real3 image sensor chip in the LG G8 ThinQ. It also captures 3D imagery (or sees in 3D), so light isn't as much of a factor when used for things like biometric purposes (face scanning). The sensor also doesn't rely on environmental lighting, thus offers an enhanced image recognition rate, both in case of indoors and outdoors. Last time, it focused on its first 5G phone, believed to be called the LG V50 ThinQ, which will launch alongside its usual G series flagship.

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