Samsung takes on Apple using Exynos 9810 chip
04 January 2018 15:30 GMT

Samsung has announced the launch of its latest flagship mobile processor that's expected to power face recognition in the firm's upcoming Galaxy S9 series devices.

The Exynos 9810 has a neural engine that can recognize people and objects in photos at very high speed, and will enable apps to use realistic face-tracking filters, according to Samsung.

The Exynos 9810 has a separate secure processing unit for handling sensitive personal and biometric data, so the new Samsung phones will also be capable of scanning and creating a 3D image of a user's face.

This suggests the Galaxy S9 range will have a facial authentication system similar to Face ID in the iPhone X.

Last year's S8 also had facial recognition capabilities, but it was limited to 2D tracking, making it less secure than Face ID and easy to fool. Despite the jump to 3D scanning though, it doesn't look like Samsung will be relying on facial recognition as the sole authentication method in its 2018 smartphones.