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Vivo's latest mobile industry breakthrough is a TOF 3D sensing solution that, at least on paper, looks more complex and promising than Apple's Face ID tech.
Samsung may want to follow Huawei's suit and beat Apple to the triple camera punch with a Galaxy S10 supporting "enhanced zoom features" and advanced AR applications.
It's probably not happening this year, but in 2019, we could see Apple copy Huawei with at least one triple-camera iPhone variant supporting both 3x optical zoom and advanced AR experiences with 3D sensing functionality.
Just in case the fast-approaching Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone didn't feel exciting enough, a freshly leaked video appears to confirm both in-display fingerprint recognition and an eye-catching translucent backplate.
To celebrate the company's eight anniversary, an ultra-high-end Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone will be unveiled on May 31, possibly with in-display fingerprint recognition and 3D facial scanning in tow.
We're not sure this will even be called the Samsung Galaxy S10, but it's probably codenamed "Beyond", and it may not be able to implement 3D sensing facial recognition technology.
While Samsung and Huawei may need to hold off until next year on adopting Face ID-rivaling 3D sensing tech, the Xiaomi Mi 7 is expected out this Q3 with a complex facial recognition feature in tow.
It's not just Samsung, but Huawei and other Chinese smartphone vendors that are trying hard to make in-display fingerprint recognition work, as 3D facial authentication methods remain expensive and risky.
A highly advanced 3D sensing solution is reportedly in the works for Samsung's Galaxy S10 (or Galaxy X) next year to go after Face ID speed, security and reliability on the iPhone X.
The entire next generation of iPhones is widely expected to support Face ID recognition, and Apple has no problem spending large sums of money to help out key supply partners.
Apple might be more focused than ever on enhancing battery capacity for 2018, then 2019 iPhones in order to improve endurance and keep up with TrueDepth consumption.
The front-facing TrueDepth cam on the iPhone X is responsible for Face ID and Animoji, but a 2019 rear-mounted 3D sensor could take AR to the next level.
The iPhone X is the world's only 3D sensing mobile device right now, but OPPO and Xiaomi are expected to integrate technology similar to Face ID in 2018.
It's not going to be easy for technologies similar to Apple's Face ID to go mainstream, but Android smartphone makers are definitely interested.
More and more supply chain sources hint at various iPhone X mass manufacturing woes, most related to the Face ID-enabling TrueDepth camera.