LG's G8 will have a 3D selfie camera

Here's LG's Response To Face ID

Now the company has given that phone an unsurprising name, the LG G8 ThinQ, and is showing how its time-of-flight front-facing camera will set it apart from the competition.

LG has confirmed it's teamed up with microelectronics manufacturer Infineon, to use the latter's time-of-flight technology in the upcoming LG G8 ThinQ's front camera.

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

We're still a few weeks away from Mobile World Congress, but the phone announcements are already starting. In fact, it is being speculated that by 2020, the Cupertino giant will also ditch the structured lighting system in favor of the ToF technology. The chip is a REAL3 image sensor chip provided by Infineon.

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Compared to structured lighting, which is now being used by Apple for its front-facing TrueDepth camera, ToF is easier and cheaper to make.

They explained that while other 3D technology uses complex algorithms to measure an object's distance from the camera, ToF image sensor is more accurate where it captures infrared light that is reflected off the surface.

"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 Chang Ma, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy at LG, in a statement.

ToF tech will help selfie photography for sure, but also works well for face-recognition, so is a good tech for biometric authentication. "With innovative technology like ToF, the LG G8 ThinQ will be the optimal choice for users in search of a premium smartphone that offers unmatched camera capabilities".

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