Samsung’s true Face ID rival won’t arrive until 2019

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Face ID maps your face with 30,000 infrared dots.
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Apple’s huge lead over Samsung in mobile facial recognition won’t be threatened anytime this year.

Samsung is supposedly working on adding a 3D mapping facial recognition sensor to its next flagship smartphone, but according to a report from Asia, the supplier won’t have it ready until 2019.

Israeli startup Mantis Vision is allegedly collaborating on a 3D sensor with camera module firm Namuga. The sensor should be ready next year for the Galaxy S10, says one Korean news outlet.

Samsung recently unveiled the Galaxy S9 during the Mobile World Congress. The new phone sports an itia scanner and facial recogntion, but it’s not as advanced or secure as Face ID on the iPhone C.

Samsung’s main supplier for camera modules said it would have 3D sensors ready for production during the first half of 2018, but nothing has been announced yet.

Getting a true Face ID competitor onto the market by early 2019 could still be a huge challenge for Samsung. KGI Securities analayst Ming Chi Kuo recently reported that it may take up to two years for Android handset catch up to FaceID version 1. And you know Apple is already working on making it better.