Chinese handset maker Huawei today teased its work-in-progress 3D depth-sensing camera system which will work without a laser sensor and have ten times the precision of Face ID.

Huawei’s Face ID clone was reportedly designed to leapfrog Apple by using 300,000 dots to capture the elevations and depressions of a user’s face, or ten times as many points as the TrueDepth camera in iPhone X. The system would power phone unlocking, payment authorization and potentially other features requiring biometric authentication.

The technology currently takes as long as ten seconds to build a ten times more precise 3D model of the user’s face. It’s apparently capable of matching a face within 400 milliseconds versus 100 to 300 milliseconds response time for Huawei’s fingerprint sensor.

Unlike the Face ID system that relies on a structured-light technique which measures the distortion of each dot to generate an accurate 3D image for authentication, Huawei’s technology takes advantage of fringe projection (vertical-cavity surface-emitting light) and a time-of-flight approach that calculates the time it takes for light to bounce off surrounding objects to create a 3D picture of the environment.

The company also showed off its version of Animoji which applies the user’s facial muscle movement to a 3D avatar, like a bear or some anime character. Unlike Animoji, Huawei’s system can also tell whether the user is sticking out their tongue.

Keep in mind that this was a spec announcement: Huawei did not specify when this technology could be ready for prime time. It was unclear whether the system might make its debut in Huawei’s upcoming P11 flagship, expected later this year, or at some point in the future.

Analysts predicted it might take Android vendors at least 18 months to copy Apple’s technology so this is an interesting turn of events. Huawei is one of Apple’s biggest rivals in China—they notably announced their own “Force Touch” phone just days before the iPhone 6s launch.

Will other Android vendors jump on the 3D-sensing bandwagon?

Sound off in the comments section down below!

  • Satyam Panchal

    xD apple after watching this nice boi

  • nonchalont

    Nice concept. This tech is not anytime soon of course. They are just concepting to stay relevant. When they do get it, Apple and others will be on the same tech if not further.

  • More like ‘No Honor’.


  • kaliente

    Let’s move to the days of their Force Touch phone, did anyone seen it? This is gonna be the same.

    • Shinonuke

      Can’t wait for another “live” performance lol

  • Juniors234

    I like stuff like this. Keeps all the tech giants on their toes! Drives innovation forward. Can’t imagine what 2020 iPhones and iPads will be packing.

  • CuBoy531

    Nice concept Huawei. Even I can produce a concept phone better than Apple. Just need good PowerPoint and creativity skills. Now let’s start designing them. LOL.

  • armyk

    Difference is iPhone X has it out there… They are showing video, not even live demo.

  • burge

    They’ve not said when its going to be ready because it’s still a work in progress on a PC. I can happily make a proof of concept on a PC doesn’t mean I’ve got it working in my hand on a phone.

  • Fanboy 

    Anybody notice the fact that they used a panda for the Asian guy? ?

  • Martynet

    Just remember when they teased 3D touch with an orange…

  • Rowan09

    Well unless they make their own chip Android isn’t ready yet for 3D scanning.

  • bscaine

    Here comes the copycat fever. Best of all… in the end nobody cares

  • John Smith

    These dog eaters are shameless

  • Zony Yu

    i thought animojis were supposed to be fun, not nightmare inducing. huawei clearly does not get the memo

  • Timothy

    Huawei is a copycat, but they’re actually really good at it! Their phones are quite high-quality.

  • Mohamed Danish

    They again Prove that Apple is Best For to Follow and we are Copycats as always,
    if apple do something everyone blames because they cannot afford it so every one blames ,
    sorry guys I too cannot afford an iPhone but I stand with what is right even you stand alone…