The Samsung Galaxy S10 looks set to feature Face ID-style facial recognition technology when it launches next year.
That’s because Samsung has just been granted a patent to use the tech. It’s been a long time coming – Samsung applied for the patent all the way back in 2014.
This technology would let users unlock the phone just by looking at it. Apple currently uses Face ID on the iPhone X. It introduced the feature in place of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Samsung’s next big phone is the Galaxy Note 9. However, this launches in a little over a month, which isn’t enough time to implement the facial recognition tech. Hence it will likely debut in the Galaxy S10, when it launches next spring.
The technology is based on time of flight technology that works with near infrared light, a camera and another sensor that captures the light that bounces back off the user’s face. As well unlocking the phone, it could be used for motion tracking, gesture detection, eye tracking and night vision.
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