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MediaTek working on a Cheaper FaceID Alternative for it’s Chipsets!

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Chipset manufacturer MediaTek has joined hands with Hima, a popular display drivers manufacturer and Megvi, Developer of Face++ to make a cheaper 3D facial recognition scanner. In a bid to make 3D Face Recognition technology widely available, the company is collaboratively working on an Industry’s First Active Stereo Camera Sensing Reference Design. Many manufacturers are already asking for reference design to implement this tech into their smartphones.

These companies have shared their latest world class technology with each other to make this affordable 3D Face Recognition a reality. It will not only help in unlocking the smartphone but also can be used for payment features even in pitch black light conditions. Further, Artificial Intelligence can be implemented in this technology using ASC 3D face recognition helping in enhancing photos and boosting security measures.

The new technology is built using Megvii’s Face++ AI based computer vision algorithm with Himax’s cutting edge projector, sensor and laser driver. MediaTek has shared its stereo matching depth engine. It includes some high end technologies like Himax’s DOE, WLO Technology, high efficient laser driver IC etc. Elaborating more on the new ASC 3D (Active Stereo Camera), Jordan Wu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Himax Technologies said,

We are pleased to partner with MediaTek and Megvi. This strong alliance ensures that 3D sensing is affordable for Android mass market and can be easily adopted by smartphone makers to create exciting user experience. I believe ASC will facilitate a broader adoption of 3D sensing on Android smartphone during 2019

The new MediaTek’s ASC Face Recognition is expected to debut next year and bring 3D Face recognition to mid-range segment. Some of its features are:

  • Like the iPhone X’s 3D Face recognition feature, it also projects 7000-1000 invisible dot on the face to make a face layout which helps in precision.
  • ASC (3D) uses 940nm band that will increase its overall efficiency in both outdoor and indoor environments.
  • It comes with broken glass detection which means it will shut down if broken glass is found on the projector.
  • ASC (3D) follows IEC 60825 Class 1 standard, which means it is purely safe for the eye.
  • It is cheaper than traditional lightning more and also power efficient.

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Xiaomi Permanently Drops Prices of RN5P, Mi A2 & Redmi Y2

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Xiaomi increased the prices of some of their devices few days ago, but now the company is permanently slashing the prices of three smartphones- Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 to celebrate its number one spot for five consecutive quarters in the Indian market. According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) report, the Chinese manufacturer has shipped 11.7 million units to become the top brand in India with a market share of 27.3 percent share in the third quarter of 2018.

Xiaomi issue a statement regarding this, which says:

We are delighted to share that we have seen a reduction in component costs of some of our best-selling phones. We were announced as the number one smartphone vendor in India for the fifth consecutive quarter

The company says that the new prices will come into effect across sales platform from 12 pm IST today. Due to the wake of changes in PCBA import taxes and the rupee value against the dollar, the price of the smartphones increased but the new price revision will certainly make the fans happy. Xiaomi is also set to launch the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India soon so the timing is impeccable.

The new revised prices are as follows:

  • Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 14,999 is now available at Rs 13,999.
  • Mi A2 (4GB + 64GB) which had a price of Rs 16,999 is now available for Rs 15,999.
  • Redmi Y2 (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 12,999 is now available at a cheaper price tag of Rs 11,999.
  • Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB + 128GB) which was earlier priced at Rs 16,999 is now available for a price tag of Rs 15,999.
  • Mi A2 (6GB + 128GB) which actually came with a price tag of Rs 19,999, is now available at a price tag of Rs 18,000.
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OnePlus 5G phone will be a New Series, not OnePlus 7

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OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently announced that the company will be releasing its 5G ready smartphones next year and everyone assumed it to be the successor of the OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7. However the Chinese manufacturer has clarified that the OnePlus 7 is not the 5G phone which means OnePlus will be introducing a new smartphone in early 2019.

The OnePlus spokesperson told CNET that OnePlus 7 will not feature the next-generation 5G technology to keep the cost under control. It will directly compete with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10, which is said to be the first 5G enabled device from the company. There is no mention of the specs, device or even the name of the smartphone.

Meanwhile Lau has confirmed the launch timeline for the flagship OnePlus 7, which according to him will launch in the first half of 2019. It is not clear yet when the company will be releasing its 5G smartphone. Some speculate that OnePlus will showcase it in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 event next year.

The confirmation OnePlus 7T not supporting 5G technology  means that OnePlus will be releasing a new series of smartphone which is likely to be expensive than the current flagship smartphones of the company. It looks like 5G technology will be a new trend of 2019 and we can’t wait to see what it has to offer.

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Samsung Galaxy A70, A90 rumoured to sport the new Inifnity Display (with Notch)

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Samsung Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A90 are speculated to be the first devices by the company to feature the new Infinity displays showcased at the Samsung Developers Conference (SDC 2018) last week. The South Korean manufacturer revealed four types of Infinity displays of which three came with various notches.

The two smartphones appears to be the first models to have a display notch since the company has managed without notch by including the Infinity Display design having thin bezels on the side but significant space for front camera and sensors at the top and a chin on the bottom.

Now, Russian tipster Eldar Murtazin claims that the Galaxy A90 and Galaxy A70 sporting the new Infinity Display panels will debut in February next year. They are supposed to be the successors to the Galaxy A7 (2018) and the Galaxy A9 (2018) models which debuted with triple cameras and quad cameras at the rear respectively. They are expected to be priced competitively despite being an upgrade.

Samsung revealed three type of notches: Infinity-U, Infinity-V and Infinity-O with the letters named after the shape in which they are cut out from the regular screen space. It is not clear which type of design will be included in the Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A90. However the company teased its Galaxy A8s with the Infinity-O display hole design. The notchless display is likely available to premium Galaxy Series handsets like the Galaxy S10. Ben Geskin who is known for visualising rumours and leaked design render, recently posted an images showing the four types of new Infinity Display. It gives an idea what to expect from upcoming Samsung devices.

A recent report from South’s Korea’s ETNews claims that Galaxy A family in 2019 will get LCD panel-sporting modes. The current A-series models have an AMOLED display to deliver a comparable experience with vivid colours and deep black levels. The company is also reported planning to stop its Galaxy J series bringing a possibility of new affordable models. The report specified that that Galaxy A30, Galaxy A40, Galaxy 70, Galaxy A80 will come with AMOLED display panels while the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A60 will have LCD panels.

The OLED and LCD models are said to be released in markets like Korea, North America while the LCD models are for the price-sensitive markets like India and some other Southeast Asian markets. The ultimate aim is to bring down the costs of the devices lower than KRW 3,00,000 (Rs 19,300 approx).

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