In its new report, DigiTimes claims that most Android smartphone manufacturers decided to abandon the development of the Face ID analog. Instead, companies will focus on the further development of fingerprint scanners, introducing them directly into the screen.
It is claimed that the main reason was the high selling price of modules and great complexity in the development. For example, the cost of a TrueDepth camera, which appears on the iPhone X, is $ 60, with a total price of $ 999. Not surprisingly, manufacturers have opted for fingerprint sensors that cost significantly less.
Moreover, the technology is continually being improved – Qualcomm already has a technology where the fingerprint scanner is placed below the display. It is expected that Huawei Mate 11 will be the first mass product of this kind.
Another reason is a possible patent infringement, since such modules operate in a similar way to the projection of laser dots. Proceeding from this, to wait for the analog Face ID in Android-smartphones in the near future is not worth it. At least until it becomes profitable for both the manufacturer and the end user.