Apple has been pushing Face ID for quite some time now, while both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL include iR-based facial scanning. Both Apple and Google opted to ditch fingerprint scanners for advanced facial scanning, unfortunately, but that may not happen with Samsung.
We all know that Samsung likes to keep options open, and give users various ways to do the same thing. Many people would say that they prefer fingerprint scanners, over advanced facial scanning anyway.
The Galaxy S11 may include 3D facial scanning
So, what makes us think that advanced facial scanning will be included in the Galaxy S11? Well, a tweet by Max Weinbach of XDA Developers. He actually managed to dig up some info regarding all this.
He did not specifically say that Samsung is developing advanced facial scanning, but… it seems like it. The Face Service app reveals that Samsung is actively working on facial scanning for the 'UX_Picasso', which is the UX for the Galaxy S11.
Now, Samsung ditched 2D facial recognition a while back, as it was not secure, and quite frankly not worth it. So, this new initiative must mean that the company is working on 3D facial scanning, right? Well, yes, most probably.
It wouldn't make much sense if Samsung is working on a new iteration of 2D facial scanning now would it. This is almost certainly 3D facial scanning or advanced facial scanning, whatever you want to call it.
Samsung experienced some security issues with its fingerprint scanner recently
Samsung had a serious security issue with the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series smartphones recently. The company was able to patch that up rather fast, but it may be looking for alternatives to a fingerprint scanner.
We're not sure how will Samsung implement this tech, though. If it plans on including 3D facial scanning, it needs to place those sensors somewhere. That either means we'll get a larger display hole, a rather large notch, or more bezel above the display.
In any case, including 3D facial scanning in the Galaxy S11, will more or less mean that the phone will look less appealing aesthetically than its predecessor.
It will be interesting to see how will Samsung pull this off, that's for sure. The Galaxy S11 is expected to arrive in the first quarter of next year, quite probably in February or March.
A couple of days ago, it was reported that the Galaxy S11's design and specs have been finalized. A tipster shared that info, which probably means that software is the only thing that Samsung needs to nail down.