Sony testing 3D facial recognition on Xperia phones

by XB on 27th June 2017

in News

Android smartphones offer a variety of security options to keep your phone protected. Sony Xperia phones typically offer pin, password, swipe and pattern options, but we’ve not seen the company adopt facial recognition authentication. There’s probably a good reason for this, many of the manufacturer’s that use 2D face recognition have found that the phone can easily be unlocked using just a photo of the person instead.

Sony is looking to get around this by utilising a 3D facial recognition system. Sony has been showing off this technology on Xperia smartphones at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, using software from a company called KeyLemon and a special 3D depth sensor from SoftKinect, a wholly owned Sony subsidiary.

3D facial recognition should in theory be much harder to fool, compared to 2D facial recognition, adding an extra security layer to a facial biometric. There’s no steer on how long it will take before we see this kind of technology in your future Xperia smartphone, but we’ll keep you posted with any further developments.

Via TechCrunch.

Thanks Moisés and Svnjay!

  • LazAndKor

    Interesting. Samsung has the iris scanner, Sony might have 3D face recognition. Wouldn’t the 3D recognition require a light ? Could they use a front facing flash for when it’s dark outside? Or does the sensor work in dark areas as well? Like a night vision sensor of some short. Anyway, interesting times ahead for smartphones and their technological advancements!
    Also, one question, I have the Z5,should I get the XZP? Or wait for the newer flagship in September?
    I have no problems using a 5.5 inch screen, but I’m a bit concerned about the distortion… Even though they say it’s normal. Could people overreact? I mean, I wouldn’t buy a phone to take pictures of keyboards or horizontal and vertical lines, just casual everyday use. Everything else that the XZP has is amazing though. Also budget isn’t an issue, since the XZP is reasonably priced. I don’t really want to buy an S8, though, because the screen might be expensive to repair, the Fingerprint scanner is weirdly placed and amoled screens tend to have a red tint or even burn ins.

  • Popescu Catalin

    Take the XZP

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    better wait for newer flagship phone

  • LazAndKor

    I have decided to buy the XZP, but I read on Xda and the Xperia forums complaints and im discouraged a bit. Still, I’m going Sony all the way.

  • Hideg Jenő Péter

    Same here, Maybe wait September at IFA Berlin or next year at MWC Barcelona.
    Me here Sony Xperia SP.

  • Probably it will work like Windows Hello

  • JC

    Better wait until they fix the camera bug.

  • vijay R.A

    Distortion is not a problem here.. Sony is going pretty well now. Xzp is just wow for now but the bigger wow is on the way it seems so just wait for it. For now take Xzp and actually it will take at least a year to launch next flagship from Sony, so you can use Xzp for a year and buy the next flagship man.

  • vijay R.A

    I heard about the sailfish OS for xperia x.. Is it true? Whether will it come?

  • Naim Noor

    For 3D imaging to work, usually laser tech is used which means it can work even in a condition with no light, kinda like sonar sensing.

    Just pick an XZP up since you have the money. It looks like the Premium line (4K display) could be a thing for Sony now with a new Premium-named device every 2 years. Like 2 years ago, Z5 Premium was released so maybe a new Premium will be introduced 2 years in the future. If you pick an XZP up now, you can use it for a decent period of 2 years.

    About the issues people say it has, honestly I never have experienced any of them. I think people are just being too critical and nit-picky. People complain when the XZs still uses 1080p display but when Sony give us a 4K display they still criticized it just because it is an overkill. Like WTF is wrong with these peeps? It’s an effing phone but people expect it to give birth to a human baby. But if you do experience any problem with yours – exchange it right away.

    You’re right about the camera distortion, any average user won’t really notice it at first glance and I’m pretty sure future software updates should improve it. The wide-angle lens of LG G6 does actually have the same problem but it’s weird how nobody talks about it. Ridiculous how it has become a trend for Sony to always get these bad reputations that they no longer give a toss about it lol.

    It’s an exceptional phone and will help you get the usual phone stuff done. That’s what Sony has taught me, you can put the latest and fancy tech into your phone but at the end of the day, it’s just a phone and probably average user won’t even use these features or don’t actually realise they even existed in the first place.

  • KarFar

    Wait till IFA and see what they will announce. Probably XZ1.
    And see if it’s worth getting the XZ1 over the XZP.

  • theskig

    So they already solved the problem of pictures taking 10 seconds to load? Good news!

  • Moisés

    Sim. Alem disso parece que serve para qualquer parte da cabeça, não só o rosto.

  • Moisés

    XZ1 will have 5.4″ screen. I do not know the resolution.
    It will have smaller bezels, but still 16:9.
    XZ1 may be same height of XZs.

    IFA phones will also bring Full Pixel Continuous Shot + 3D shot added to imx400.

  • Moisés

    I have see on GSMArena iphone7+ x U11 x XZP.
    The other too have distortion too. Usually walls.
    Most of situations XZP was better than U11, mainly on auto mode.

  • Moisés

    XZ1 looks exactly like XZP , but bezels look to be 3 or 4mm shorter. XZ1 has 5.4″ ( FHD or QHD, idk). Qualcomm 836, 4gb ram, maybe 3000 mAh. The inside is the same of XZP except CPU.

  • Moisés
  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    Now let’s wait for Apple to copy this and tell their loyal customers that this is their innovation and they were the first to do it.

  • Akand

    If this render is real, I am going to buy it for sure, although I am going through some financial crisis. Z, Z1, Z2, Z5c and now this.

  • Santos

    16:9 yay!

  • vijay R.A

    Is this xz1

  • vijay R.A

    Waiting eagerly.. Sailfish

  • Mak Cau Theng

    Source please.

  • Geralt

    Just installed Lineage on my SP. It performs very well. I can hold on till Early 2018 now. XZP is great, but I don’t want to pay extra price for features I wont be able to use (4K) so XZ1 will be a much better option for me. Well if anything goes south, XZP will probably be being sold with price cuts at the time of my purchase.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Damn you have bought a lot of Xperia through the years xD I have only had the Xperia neo, arc s, z and now x Performance :p Oh and that wonderful Sony z4 tablet :)

  • Moisés

  • Moisés


    Person who posted this said his info is 90% right

  • Svnjay

    Apple has been working on it for years.


    not even close :)

  • arcu de triumf

    How about a DNA test?

  • Sharp Edge

    That render has a higher STB; at least 90% since S8 also has bezels that are as thin as the ones shown. That would be also an impulse buy for me. So far it’s been Z – Z2 – Z3 – Z5P – ZX1?

  • Szabó Béla

    I am joining the list.
    Started with the Ray, then Z1, Z3, Z5 Premium, XZ, and since a week on XZ Premium.

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