OnePlus 6, which was confirmed by the OnePlus CEO earlier this month, could ship with advanced facial recognition, rumours suggest.
If that sounds at all familiar it’s likely because Samsung is heavily rumoured to ship a similar feature set on its next-generation Galaxy S9 phone next month.
According to a source speaking to Android Marvel, OnePlus 6 will “integrate advanced face recognition technology” that will be good enough to “take on the FaceID feature of the iPhone X”.
Android Marvel describes the source behind this OnePlus rumour as “reliable”.
According to the unnamed leakster, OnePlus 6 will employ an infrared 3D camera module for its facial recognition technology.
This won’t be housed in an iPhone X-style notch, but rather, located in the top bezel of the phone.
As with all rumours, it’s worth taking this with a healthy pinch of salt. However, this would certainly make sense for OnePlus.
OnePlus 6 will be powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the CEO confirmed
The Chinese smartphone startup has experimented with facial recognition before, debuting a software-based version of the system with the OnePlus 5T last year.
OnePlus admits this isn’t as secure as the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner included with the phone.
Instead, the feature is designed with convenience in mind.
If this rumour is accurate, it sounds like OnePlus wants to improve the system to the point that it could be used to authenticate payments, and unlock secure apps and documents.
Apple claims its facial recognition system, dubbed FaceID, is more secure than its fingerprint scanners.
iPhone X owners can use their face to authorise contactless payments, unlock banking apps, and more.
Previous rumours have also pointed to the Samsung Galaxy S9 shipping with a “3D sensor front camera” to aid with facial recognition.
Last year, Samsung launched its next-generation custom smartphone processor, Exynos 9 Series 9810.
Apple requires that users make eye-contact with the iPhone X to unlock it
Alongside the Qualcomm SnapDragon 845, the new processor is widely-tipped to power the latest generation of Samsung smartphones.
As a result, the features of the Exynos 9 chipset offer clues to what customers can expect from the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
Samsung highlights the Exynos’ ability to execute “realistic face-tracking filters” as well as “stronger security when unlocking a device with one’s face”.
According to Samsung, “This cutting-edge technology allows the processor to accurately recognise people or items in photos for fast image searching or categorisation, or through depth sensing, scan a user’s face in 3D for hybrid face detection.
“By utilising both hardware and software, hybrid face detection enables realistic face-tracking filters as well as stronger security when unlocking a device with one’s face.
“For added security, the processor has a separate security processing unit to safeguard vital personal data such as facial, iris and fingerprint information.”
Samsung cautions users that its current face unlock feature isn’t as secure as other options
Like OnePlus, Samsung has toyed with this functionality before – the Galaxy S8 already boasts a face scanning feature.
However this authentication system is currently powered by the front-facing camera, which makes it much less secure than Face ID.
Samsung is pretty upfront about the failings of its current system.
On the Galaxy S8 product page, Samsung says that “face recognition is less secure than pattern, PIN, or password” – something that could easily change with the hardware upgrade purportedly scheduled for the Galaxy S9.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 also offers Iris Scanning, fingerprint scanning, a numerical PIN or alphanumeric passcode to unlock the phone.