Many users may not be aware of this, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a ToF sensor on the front, where the hole is cut, which means that the Korean giant theoretically could have introduced the 3D flagship product.
Unfortunately, it was probably blocked due to a software limitation, but with the latest update of Android 10 Galaxy S10 5G, users have a safer way to unlock their mobile phone. Looks like you do not pay a bit more for 5G support, but you also get a little more security.
Tipster Max Weinbach discovered a Korean user who said that the beta update of the Galaxy S10 5G Android 10 offered the 3D face unlock for the flagship product. Previously, the ToF sensor could only be used to create a bokeh effect by using the front camera hardware to capture images and videos.
To translate, the S10 5G got Pixel 4/Mate 20 Pro/Mate 30 Pro/iPhone 11 style 3D face unlock with the Android 10 update. The TOF sensor was there, but Samsung was never using it for face unlock. https://t.co/a5l3kDNHYJ
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) November 8, 2019
Fortunately, thanks to the latest update, it seems that a new feature has been unlocked. ToF sensors are widely used in several Chinese smartphones to enable facial recognition. It was therefore surprising that Samsung had blocked prospective sensor functions, even though the flagship product with 5G technology had received a great price.
When the Galaxy S10 5G 3D Face Unlock is activated, the ToF device will glow, capture your face data and recognize it when you unlock the smartphone.
With infrared-based ToF cameras, the latest update of the Galaxy S10 5G Android 10 will allow users to unlock their flagship product in dimly lit environments. The update is currently only in beta and we will have to wait to see what the current firmware brings to the table.
According to a previous rumor, Samsung has tested an advanced facial recognition feature that can be introduced for the Galaxy S11 series. However, a previous report indicated that the Korean manufacturer was considering adding forward-facing ToF sensors in the Galaxy Note 11 series to improve facial recognition.
Therefore, the latest update for the Galaxy S10 5G Android 10 may be just a trial. See how the 3D Face Unlock function works.
At the moment, it does not seem that Samsung’s fingerprint readers on the screen are doing a good job on security. This may be one of the reasons why the company is looking for a safer alternative.
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