November 12, 2017 -
According to ‘industry sources’ quoted in a Digitimes report, new smartphones from Oppo and Xiaomi will feature 3D sensing technology for facial recognition as early as March 2018.
Himax Technologies and Qualcomm will develop the 3D sensing technology using modules produced by Truly Opto-electronics.
The sources indicated that the facial recognition solutions co-developed by Qualcomm, Himax and Truly Opto-Electronics should enter volume production in March or April 2018 at the earliest and that the collaboration between the companies will significantly upgrade the hardware specifications of high-end models rolled out by China-based smartphone vendors in the coming year.
The sources also said that Huawei is working with Sunny Optical Technology to develop a 3D sensor solution for its high-end models and that Chinese touch panel and optical sensor supplier Shenzhen O-film Tech Co. is accelerating the development of its structured light solutions and working up with domestic phone manufacturers to enter the 3D sensor market.
Earlier this month, Meizu revealed via Twitter that it is developing facial recognition technology for smartphones.