LG confirms G8 ThinQ branding for next its flagship

Donna Miller
February 8, 2019

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

LG didn't explicitly say what new features that front-facing sensor will support, but the company did note that time-of-flight technology can be used in biometric authentication methods like face recognition. Through a press release, LG has revealed some key features of the selfie camera of the LG G8 ThinQ flagship phone that will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. Infineon developed the ToF technology for use in both mid-tier and premium smartphones. It measures the amount of time it takes a pulse of light to return to the sensor.

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The ToF sensor chip captures infrared light as it is reflected off the object bringing faster, more accurate measurements using this process. The Infineon REAL3 image sensor chip will play a big role where it promises to deliver a new level of front camera capability in a smartphone. This will make the ToF chip more effective in dimly-lit places, so it will be able to recognize the user's face in low illuminated surroundings.

"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 LG Mobile's senior vice president and head of product strategy Chang Ma said. What are your views on this device from LG? This speed means that ToF is usually used for biometrics (face unlocking) but it also means that AR and VR capabilities on a phone are also vastly improved.

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