Recent reports have claimed that the Xiaomi Mi 7 could be the first Android smartphone to arrive with 3D facial recognition. The handset is rumored to debut in the first half of the year. However, a fresh report claims that the launch date of the upcoming Xiaomi flagship has been delayed to the third quarter of the year. The reason behind it is that that the Chinese manufacturer has encountered poor results with the 3D facial recognition feature.
Last year, Apple introduced the iPhone X with a notched OLED display. Many Android smartphone manufacturers such as Huawei, Vivo and OPPO have launched smartphones with notched display. Also, forthcoming flagship phones from OnePlus, LG and Xiaomi are also expected to feature iPhone X-like display design. The notch present on the iPhone X is larger than those found on Android phones. The reason behind it is that iPhone X’s notch houses an advanced 3D facial recognition system that includes different sensors and components such as infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, front camera and dot projector. The notch also houses other components such as microphone and speaker. None of the Android phones launched so far feature 3D sensing technology like the iPhone X. However, the Mi 7 is speculated to arrive with the advanced facial identification feature.
Fresh information shared by Digitimes claims that the suppliers of 3D sensing modules are facing an issue with making the software and hardware required for 3-dimensional scanning of the user’s face. The modules are being developed through a joint effort of Qualcomm, Himax Technologies and Truly Opto-electronics.
One should be aware of the fact that the 3D sensing can only work on Android phones that are powered by Snapdragon 845 mobile platform. Since Samsung and Huawei make use of their home-brewed Exynos and Kirin chipsets respectively for their flagship phones, they are unlikely to launch the first Android phone with 3D sensing technology. The report claims that Samsung may launch a smartphone with 3D sensing in 2019. Hence, Mi 7 driven by SD845 that is now rumored to arrive a bit late could be first Android phone to feature it.