Recently, OnePlus launched its newest flagship killer 5T. And from the face of it, the smartphone does look quite impressive and features facial recognition technology. I set iPhone X Face ID vs. face unlock in Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and OnePlus to find out how both of them fared.
Regarding speed, the facial recognition technology on Android devices surpassed the Face ID of iPhone X. For a moment, I just couldn't believe the outcome. But when I focused on all the aspects and compared the results, Face ID came out triumphs—by a long distance. So, what are the things that make Apple's Face ID superior?
What Makes iPhone X Face ID Superior to Facial Recognition Technology Used in Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and OnePlus 5T
The first thing that separates Face ID from the rest is unmatched security.
It features an innovative TrueDepth camera that captures most accurate face data by projecting and analyzing more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a depth map of your face and also captures an infrared image of your face.
A11 Bionic chip's neural engine, which is shielded by Secure Enclave, transforms the depth map and infrared image into a mathematical representation. Then it compares the representation to the enrolled facial data.
With the use of TrueDepth camera and machine learning, Face ID provides secure authentication solution.
Face ID data along with the mathematical representations of your face is encrypted and safeguarded with a key available only to the Secure Enclave.
In contrast, the face unlocks technology of Note 8 and 5T is very insecure. Forget about twins or 3D masks, it can be duped even with a selfie.
“Mind you, this particular security weakness isn't exactly news. We said the same thing about the Samsung Galaxy S8 in April, when it was shown to have the same vulnerability, and flat photos have fooled many an Android phone in the past too.” – CNET
OnePlus and Samsung use 2D methods, Apple Uses 3D Depth Sensing
While Samsung and OnePlus use 2D methods, which entirely rely on front-facing camera, Apple uses 3D depth sensing. Without 3D depth mapping, the Samsung Note 8 and OnePlus 5T face unlock may work faster, but it lacks the teeth required to keep your data secure.
The 3D depth sensing with an infrared camera and a dot projector used in Face ID offers trusted safeguard to your data. However, there are some noticeable pains as well due to the enhanced security.
When the iPhone X is held in landscape mode, Face ID fails to work—more often than not. Besides, when you put the iPhone on flat on a surface, it's not able to verify your face. When you wear sunglasses, a hat, or a scarf covering your face, it doesn't deliver the goods consistently.
Face ID Works in Almost all Lighting Conditions
As compared to the face unlock technology used in other competing devices; Face ID works in almost all lighting conditions. It makes Face ID highly user-friendly. Additionally, it also used for authenticating passwords or mobile payments unlike face unlock tech found on Android devices.
The more you use Face ID, the more adaptive it becomes. For instance, it adapts to your changes in your appearance, such as wearing cosmetic makeup or growing facial hair. As a user, I appreciate this functionality as it further boosts user-experience.
Besides, you can also train Face ID to recognize weird faces. As we all know it's still quite new, Apple is going to make it faster and more efficient with every software update; very much like Touch ID.
The face unlocks Android devices cannot adapt to the changes in your appearance. As a user, I'd want the biometric system to be adaptive so that I can use it painlessly in real life.
Years Ahead of similar Facial Recognition Techniques Found in Android Smartphones
Recently, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Face ID is years ahead of similar facial recognition techniques from Android smartphones. And looking at the efficiency, we have no doubt about that.
The TrueDepth camera will endow iPhone solid technological lead throughout 2018 and 2019.The analyst further asserted that this crucial advantage would speed up the iPhone's growth prospects in the high-end smartphone market over the next couple of years.
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