LG's G8 Will Have a 3D Camera Up Front

Judy Cobb
February 8, 2019

LG have been innovative with their camera setup since they were the first to introduce a wide-angled rear facing secondary camera on the G6.

We're still a few weeks away from Mobile World Congress, but the phone announcements are already starting.

The upcoming LG G8 ThinQ's selfie camera will feature "time-of-flight" technology to improve selfies and facial recognition - which is the same tech found in Apple's Face ID camera on the latest iPhones.

This technology isn't new, as some cameras from the likes Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi have all put ToF sensors on their backs.

What the hell is a ToF image sensor, you ask?

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The Infineon ToF sensor chip will deliver measurements by capturing infrared light, reflected from the face.

For the uninitiated, Infineon is a manufacturer that makes 3D sensors, and by partnering with several OEMs, more high-end devices getting launched will be able to sport 3D cameras.

"Keeping in mind LG's goal to provide real value to its mobile customers, our newest flagship was designed with ToF technology from inception to give users a unique and secure verification system without sacrificing camera capabilities", said LG Mobile's senior vice president and head of product strategy Chang Ma said. This means it will be more effective in low light and will reduce the workload on the processor, thereby lowering the power consumption as well. What are your views on this device from LG? The sensor also doesn't rely on environmental lighting, thus offers an enhanced image recognition rate, both in case of indoors and outdoors.

Due to its fast response speed, ToF technology is widely used in various biometric authentication methods.

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