Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Here's LG's Response To Face ID

Here's LG's Response To Face ID

If all works as advertised, the LG G8 ThinQ could deliver that same confidence with its Time-of-Flight-enabled face recognition system.

While LG naming its next flagship device the G8 shouldn't be much of a surprise, there has been some speculation that the South Korean company will re-brand its G series.

We'll just have to wait for LG's official G8 ThinQ keynote that takes place on February 24th at Mobile World Congress to know for sure. But LG did confirm the name of the next Android smartphone while revealing the device will match the iPhone XS' most sophisticated feature. In fact, it is being speculated that by 2020, the Cupertino giant will also ditch the structured lighting system in favor of the ToF technology. 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.

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The LG G8 ThinQ's time-of-flight sensor. In a statement LG detailed a new Infineon chip, and the possible benefits it could bring to new LG devices. The sensor is developed by German company Infineon Technologies, who will provide its 3D image sensor. Google already included native support for 3D facial recognition in Android Q, and Face ID parts supplier Lumentum said that more Android vendors will buy 3D cameras this year. As a result, ToF is faster and more effective in ambient light, reducing the workload on the application processor and subsequently limiting power consumption. It sees objects in 3D so is not affected by light from external sources.

The camera in question isn't on the rear of the phone but the front.

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