Your face becomes your password with these phones
Using your face to unlock the screen is a lot more convenient, but it’s available on very few handsets as of now
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Unlocking a smartphone has become a lot easier and quicker. Users don’t have to type a password or draw a pattern every time they want to make a call, check a message or browse through social media apps. Fingerprint sensor and now face unlocking are emerging as the more coveted authentication system in smartphones. The former unlocks a screen through a fingerprint and is available on most smartphones, while the latter uses face detection to identify the owner, but it is limited to a few handsets, as of now. Due to public demand, OnePlus has announced that it will roll out the face unlock feature of OnePlus 5T in the predecessor as well, the OnePlus 5.
Though convenient to use, face unlocking isn’t considered as secure as fingerprint sensor.
Here are some smartphones which can be unlocked by staring at them.
Apple iPhone X
One of the most exciting smartphones of 2017, the iPhone X has hardly any space on the front to accommodate the fingerprint sensor due to the bezel-less design. Apple has added a face unlock system called Face ID on the thin strip, called notch, above the screen. To ensure no one can bypass it, the face ID uses True Depth camera system which uses a bunch of sensors to create a 3D model of the user’s face made up of 30,000 invisible dots. The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen with resolution of 2,436x1,125p, includes an impressive pair of 12-megapixel cameras on the back, and is driven by a powerful A11 Bionic chipset, which Apple claims is 70% faster than the A10 chipset used in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung offers face unlocking on all its flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8. The latter is the best of the lot with its productivity oriented S-Pen and massive 6.3-inch Quad HD (2,9880x1,440p) screen. The smartphone also supports iris scanning for authentication, but both can’t be configured at the same time. If you are using face unlocking, you cannot use the iris scanner. The Note 8 has no side bezels and the horizontal bezels around the screen look very thin. The Note 8 is powered by Exynos 8895 octa-core processor with 6GB RAM.
LG is one of the first phone makers to adopt face unlocking system. The feature showed up first in the G6 early this year and is now available in the Q6 and the recently released V30+. It also has a thin bezel design and very little space for fingerprint sensor, which is why it is placed at the back. But unlocking the screen by looking at it is more fun and convenient. The V30+ is powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, has a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 2,880x1,440p, and offers a built-in 24-bit Quad DAC for music buffs.
The small footprint, big 6-inch screen, powerful innards and the attractive price are not the only highlights of the new OnePlus 5T. It comes with a fingerprint sensor as well as face unlocking system which uses more than 100 markers such as the distance between the eyes or between your nose and upper lip to identify a face. OnePlus claims that its face unlock works even when users are wearing glasses. The OnePlus 5T runs on the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor clubbed with up to 8GB RAM.
If you are not willing to spend a lot on a new smartphone with face unlock, there is the Vivo V7+. It has a thin bezel design too, which means you get a big 6-inch screen in the form factor of a 5.5-inch smartphone. Its face unlocking feature is called Face Access and it works on the same principle as the OnePlus 5T. The smartphone is notable for its good looks, 24-megapixel selfie camera and 32-bit AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chip for high quality audio experience.
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