Xiaomi and Oppo to put 3D sensors on their smartphones next year

- Adrian Ungureanu

The Chinese smartphone makers are going to follow Apple next year and will instal 3D sensing solutions, for facial recognition, on their smartphone in 2018.

According to Digitimes the solutions will be developed by Himax Technologies in cooperation with Qualcomm and the sensor modules to be produced by Truly Opto-Electronics.

The cooperation efforts by Qualcomm, Himax and Truly Opto-Electronics will help upgrade significantly the hardware specifications of high-end models rolled out by China-based smartphone vendors in the coming year further enhancing their competitiveness, said the sources.

The facial recognition solutions co-developed by Qualcomm, Himax and Truly Opto-Electronics are expected to enter volume production in March-April 2018 at the earliest, indicated the sources.

Meanwhile, China’s top smartphone vendor Huawei is reportedly cooperating with China-based Sunny Optical Technology to develop related 3D sensor solutions for its premier models, indicated the sources.

On the other hand, China-based touch panel and optical sensor supplier O-film Tech is reportedly gearing up its development of structured light solutions aiming to tap into the 3D sensor market in cooperation with local smartphone vendors, said the sources.