Anticipation is definitely building for the launch of Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S10, which is set to make its debut next year. The device is almost definitely going to feature an all-new display that does away with the need to have a notch or bar to house the front camera. Known as the display Infinity-O display, it is virtually bezel-less resulting in an all-display front save for a tiny to house a front-facing camera.
But doing away with bezels might come with a cost for the Galaxy S10. Samsung could be ditching face unlock as there’s physically no room to house the required parts for the feature.
Update: Huawei has reached out to us regarding this news to clarify on the matter. They said in a statement that the Mate 20 being used by the media and bloggers at the moment are considered “advanced release” versions which may run on firmware and applications that are different from the versions that will be made to consumers. Here is the statement published in verbatim:
The smartphone received by media and bloggers is an advanced release, and while it is intended to be reflective of the final device, the device, drivers, applications and operating system may differ when it is made available to consumers. The actual performance will vary, and will depend on numerous factors including product configuration, usage, software.
So it looks like, that this incident is an anomaly but one that Huawei is definitely taking very seriously. When the iPhone X was launched, it was the first mobile device to feature 3D face tracking and it too had a fair share of problems. Apple promptly fixed those issues and we’re expecting Huawei to be able to do the same as well.
The Mate 20 Pro features a very sophisticated 3D face sensing tech that consists of a dot projector, an RGB camera, a floodlight illuminator and an IR blaster. All this combine to scan and map your face allowing you to secure the device using your face as a password. Huawei claims that its 3D facial recognition is 100% better than the iPhone X — but is it? Recently, a couple of inquisitive gentlemen in Germany discovered a flaw in the Mate 20 Pro’s face unlocking feature. Here’s what happened…
With the trend of edge-to-edge screens and narrow bezels, there is nowhere left to place a fingerprint scanner on the front of a smartphone. Device manufacturers these days have found multiple ways to move them to the back or side of a device. But it doesn’t have to be this way. vivo has introduced the in-display fingerprint scanner technology on their upmarket devices, such as thevivo NEX and the vivo X21. But now, this “high-end” feature is available at a lower price point and you can get it on the new vivo V11.
The P20 Pro is a game changing flagship smartphone for Huawei. Not only it’s their best built flagship to date, it also features the highest rated camera on DxoMark Mobile. Before the year is out, Huawei will reveal its new Mate flagship which will be even bigger than before. Ahead of its announcement, the purported front panel has appeared online and it gives us a rough idea of what to expect from the upcoming Mate 20 series.
We all value our own privacy, and years after years, smartphone makers have been busting their butts to create a phone that offers more security. We have the password unlock, gesture unlock, iris scanner unlock, fingerprint unlock, and also facial recognition unlock feature.
Facial recognition is currently ‘the’ new trend and it has already been adopted by many of the giant smartphone makers in the industry. Now, Huawei implementing their own version of facial recognition on their Huawei Mate 10 series.
HTC is one of the first manufacturers to introduce dual cameras on a smartphone. There’s the HTC One M8 and if you want to go further, they also had the EVO 3D which can capture video and stills in 3D with its dual-camera setup.
While the competition had jumped on the dual-camera bandwagon, HTC has stuck with having a single camera for the rear since the HTC 10. According to its former president, HTC will be releasing dual-camera smartphones in 2018 but they will need to figure out how to make it stand out from the rest.
According to this new leak, it looks like HTC has finally nailed it and the new dual-camera flagship could be announced in April this year.
Samsung’s Iris Scanner is one of the most secure methods of protecting your device from unwanted access. Introduced with the Galaxy Note7, it has become a standard feature across all new Samsung flagships.
However, it is far from perfect. It doesn’t work well under bright sunlight and you’ll need to position your phone directly in front of you in order for it to work. When Apple released its iPhone X, we’re quite impressed with the sheer speed of unlocking even at various angles and distances. For 2018, Samsung appears to be stepping up with a new “Intelligent Scan” feature that could come with their upcoming Galaxy S9/S9+.
UPDATE: Apple issues an official statement disputing Bloomberg’s allegation. Apple maintains that Face ID would still continue to have the same 1 in 1,000,000 accuracy.
Customer excitement for iPhone X and Face ID has been incredible, and we can’t wait for customers to get their hands on it starting Friday, November 3. Face ID is a powerful and secure authentication system that’s incredibly easy and intuitive to use. The quality and accuracy of Face ID haven’t changed. It continues to be 1 in a million probability of a random person unlocking your iPhone with Face ID.
Bloomberg’s claim that Apple has reduced the accuracy spec for Face ID is completely false and we expect Face ID to be the new gold standard for facial authentication.
The iPhone X is what Apple describes as the future of smartphones. It is radically redesigned from the ground up with an edge-to-edge all screen Super Retina display. For the very first time, Apple has removed its Touch ID button and have replaced it with Face ID.
Unfortunately, the Face ID hardware is rather complex and it is partly the reason why Apple is struggling to produce enough iPhone X for the coming launch on 3 November. With pressure mounting, it was reported that Apple has told its suppliers to reduce the accuracy of its Face ID system in order to increase production.
The OPPO F5 will be their first 18:9 smartphone which would go head-on with the Huawei Nova 2i. With the screen dominating most of the front, the fingerprint sensor is now moved towards the back. While the placement at the rear might be an inconvenience for some, OPPO believes it is a better idea to unlock your phone using your face.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 may have an oddly placed fingerprint sensor but it makes up for it with an impressive Iris Sensor. Interestingly, Samsung had brought up Facial Recognition as an alternative security feature during its launch event.
So has Samsung perfected the use of facial unlock? Apparently, it isn’t as secure as you think as someone had managed to fool it with a 6-year old trick.
LG prides themselves with their Knock Code security feature that offers greater level of security while making it easy to unlock. To prove that Knock Code is better than any other unlocking methods out there, they have released a series of videos where other unlocking methods can be easily bypassed and eventually get you into trouble. It covers popular unlocking methods including pin number, swipe, face unlock and even finger print unlocking on the Galaxy S5.
The LG Knock Code is currently available on the latest LG G3 as well as other models including the LG G Flex, LG G Pro 2, LG G2 and LG G2 mini. If you’re wondering how it works, you can watch our hands-on demo from MWC 2014 here.
In the mean time, check out all 4 Knock Code videos after the break.
The Android Face Unlock which was introduced with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was a pretty neat trick. However it isn’t really a secured option as it can be easily fooled by a static picture of the owner. Now on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release, the Face Unlock is further enhanced, taking a leaf out of Samsung’s own face unlock enhancement.
On the set up menu, there’s now a new “Liveness Check” where it requires you to blink while unlocking the screen. The moment you wake the phone, there will be an indicator at the bottom which signals you to blink before allowing you access to your phone.
Pretty simple solution to enhance Face Unlock’s security.