iPhone X, which sells in India at a starting price north of Rs 90,000, is Apple’s current flagship smartphone. When the company first unveiled it this past September, it emphasized on Face ID, an iPhone X-exclusive facial detection technology which can unlock the handset by just looking at you. It’s the selling feature of the iPhone X.
It hasn’t even been three months, and we already have Android smartphone makers who are shipping technologies similar to that of Face ID in their handsets that cost a third of the iPhone X. For instance, OnePlus earlier this week announced extending its Face Unlock feature to its older OnePlus 5 smartphones.
OnePlus, however, isn’t the only one to offer this feature. Vivo recently launched V7+ selfie-phone with a similar facial unlock feature for Rs 19,000 approximately.
InFocus earlier this month launched a Vision 3 smartphone with Face ID and edge-to-edge display for just Rs 6,999, becoming the most affordable smartphone in the market to offer such features. LG V30, an excellent premium phone, also offers a similar feature.
For sure, what Android players are offering isn’t as advanced as iPhone X’s Face ID. These Android players are leveraging the existing software and hardware sensors, including the front camera to give an elementary Face ID-like experience. And that’s not a negative at all.
As we have mentioned in our review as well, iPhone X with all of its features and despite an expensive price tag is an excellent premium phone. And its Face ID works really well. It’s fast, mostly accurate and works in dark-light conditions as well.
But so does OnePlus 5T. Called Face Unlock, it is admittedly not as advanced as iPhone X’s Face ID, but by and large, it gets the work done. OnePlus categorically says its Face Unlock shouldn’t be treated as the most secure tool.
“Face Unlock makes sure it is you. It does so by analyzing, through the front camera, over 100 identifiers on your face such as the distance between your eyes or between your nose and upper lip. We have included numerous parameters so that Face Unlock works in different lighting conditions as well as when you are wearing glasses,” the company said in a blog post last month.