LG’s G8 will have a 3D selfie camera

LG is improving its face recognition tech in a big way.
LG is improving its face recognition tech in a big way.

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In a few weeks, LG will introduce its new flagship smartphone, the LG G8. 

As is customary, though, the company is already trickling out information about the new phone. On Thursday, LG announced it has partnered with Infineon to build an advanced, infrared 3D camera on the G8. 

LG and Infineon are using technology called Time-of-Flight (ToF) to deliver “more accurate measurements by emitting and capturing infrared light as it is reflected off the subject,” the company said in a press release. 

LG G8 ThinQ's 3D, front-facing camera will be powered by Infineon's Real3 image sensor chip.

LG G8 ThinQ’s 3D, front-facing camera will be powered by Infineon’s Real3 image sensor chip.

The result should be quick and accurate face recognition in all conditions. Apple’s iPhone X pioneered the 3D front-facing camera for the company’s Face ID technology, and while it works quite well in most scenarios, bright sunlight can easily confuse it. 

Additionally, the 3D camera should help the phone’s selfie camera take better photos, and will have a role in AR and VR applications. 

LG previously said it would announce a 5G phone with a vapor chamber cooling system, though it’s unclear whether that’s the G8, a variant of the G8, or another phone entirely. There’s also a rumor that LG is working on a phone with a detachable, secondary screen. The company will launch the phone(s) at a Barcelona event on Feb. 24, and we’ll be there to bring you the news. 

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