Samsung’s next–generation Galaxy S10 will come with 3D facial scanning, in a bid to go toe–to–toe with the iPhone X’s Face ID.
A report from South Korea claims that Samsung has enlisted the help of Israeli start-up Mantis Vision, as well as an imaging company called Namuga, which produces camera parts for Samsung’s budget smartphones.
Mantis has previously received financial backing from Samsung and developed 3D mapping functionality for Google.
Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy S9, which hits shelves today, 16th March, comes with iris scanning technology, backed up by basic 2D facial mapping.
The latter is seen as being easy to hack into, while 3D facial scanning is viewed as the most secure form of biometrics for smartphones.
Face ID, which launched on the iPhone X last year, is widely regarded as being well ahead of the competition.
Apple says there is only a one in a million chance of a third party being able to unlock an iPhone X, compared to one in 50,000 with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
Apple has derided Face ID’s existing rivals, with Phil Schiller, its vice president of marketing saying simply, “They all stink”.
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is not expected to launch until this time next year, by which time Face ID is likely to have been improved by Apple.