Samsung Galaxy S9 to borrow Apple’s iPhone X 3D sensor for the selfie camera

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After Apple’s launch of the iPhone X, reports have surfaced suggesting that a flurry of Android OEMs have started looking into one of the best features of the phone – 3D face scanning technology.

According to renowned Apple researcher Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities has discovered that since Apple launched the iPhone X, 3D sensing has overtaken under-display fingerprint scanning technology as the latest or rather trending investment theme. Each and every other Android OEM wants to dive into this technology, something that can be evidenced by a flurry of interest in the technology from the recent past, where enquires have more than tripled.

Of course, Apple wasn’t the first to come up with a phone that uses facial recognition. However, Samsung’s first major attempt with the Galaxy S8 has ended not as intended, with reports that the feature can even be fooled using a 2D photo.

As opposed to embedding fingerprint scanners under a smartphone display, something that was seen as a mere upgrade over what has existed before, the new iPhone X 3D scanning technology is considered as a revolutionary user experience that not only enables facial recognition in security apps, it also forms a crucial part of AR development.

In short, fingerprint scanners are now boring and everyone wants 3D sensors on their future phones, including Samsung with its 2018 Galaxy S9. As pointed out earlier, the South Korean company already uses facial recognition, but it has nothing close to what Apple’s iPhone X has to offer. Seeing what 3D sensing can do, the tech giant is reportedly getting ready to use the same technology on the front-facing camera of the Galaxy S9 and S9+, two phones that should be unveiled early next year.

This is according to a tipster, Ice Universe, who has recently gained recognition when it comes to leaking Samsung-related info. For now, it’s just a rumor, but based on what Kuo has already pointed out, it’s not strange to see such a development with respect to the Galaxy S9.

The Apple iPhone X won’t be available for purchase until November, which will be a few months before the Galaxy S9 is unveiled, probably at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

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