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Xiaomi Said to Focus on 3D Facial Recognition in 2018 As Rivals Opt for Under Display Fingerprint Scanner

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 3

Synaptics has recently confirmed that it is working with Vivo to launch a smartphone next year that will come enabled with under-display fingerprint scanner. Fresh information shared by an industry insider has revealed that not only Vivo, but also other leading smartphone OEMs will be debuting phones with in-screen fingerprint scanner in 2018. However, he claims that Xiaomi is not so keen on introducing the advanced fingerprint scanning technology as it will be introducing 3D facial recognition feature on its future phones.

According to the industry insider besides Vivo, other companies like Huawei and OnePlus will also launch smartphones with in-screen fingerprint scanner. This corroborates with our report that revealed that the OnePlus 6 will come equipped with under-display fingerprint reader.

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Since Xiaomi is focusing on developing 3D facial recognition technology, it is expected to introduce the feature first on the upcoming Mi 7 flagship. It is speculated that the 3D facial recognition by Xiaomi could be as robust as Face ID by Apple. The Chinese firm is reportedly working Qualcomm, Himax Technologies and Truly Opt-Electronics to begin the mass production of 3D facial scanning technology by the first quarter of 2018. After arriving on the Xiaomi Mi 7, the advanced face scanning feature is also expected to be available on multiple devices from the company.

Xiaomi has already hinted that the upcoming Mi 7 flagship will be powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset. It is also speculated to arrive with AI driven dual rear cameras. It is rumored to launch as the first Xiaomi phone with wireless charging technology. The Chinese firm is also pegged to launch a larger Mi 7 Plus alongside the Mi 7 smartphone. The Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus are rumored to respectively arrive with 5.65-inch and 6.01-inch screens. Both the phones are likely to support 18:9 aspect ratio.




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  • Billy Williams

    as long as it still has a rear fingerprint scanner as well, I’m ok with it. I don’t want these Android developers to abandon the fingerprint scanner for face ID. I love the rear fingerprint scanner if for no reason other than the gestures I attach to it. It makes using larger screens so much easier when I can just swipe the scanner for Home, Back, Notifications, Launch Music, etc.

    • Qidamin

      I agree, I hope they will not skip fingerprint sensor too. Don’t want to unlock my phone with my face only. I’ve asked someone having iPhoneX if it wad good, she said faceID is a bit troublesome, everytime needs to put your phone in front of your face to unlock it…

      • Billy Williams

        honestly its not so bad, it has certain purposes. If you use a wireless charger for instance, you can have the phone sitting there and just by looking at it, it will unlock. Much better than taking it off the stand to see your notifications. But truth be told, most android users don’t care about lock screen notifications because we have the notification shade. So having one touch go straight into the UI is really good. To me that’s the most annoying thing about Face ID on the IPhone. You unlock it with your face and then you still have to swipe to This is useless for android. The way the OP5T does it is far better for Android users, I love the fact that you can use both the face unlock and the finger print scanner. I really love fingerprint scanner gestures. Combined with the All in One Gestures app, I haven’t used android software keys in a LONG time.