LG G8 ThinQ to use Infineon 3D sensor for improved front camera

LG's upcoming G8 ThinQ smartphone will have a 3D sensor, made by German company Infineon Technologies, that will assist its front camera, the South Korean electronics maker says.
Written by Cho Mu-Hyun, Contributing Writer
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LG's upcoming G8 ThinQ smartphone will have an advanced 3D sensor near its front camera to support features such as facial recognition, the South Korean electronics maker announced.

The 3D sensor, made by German firm Infineon Technologies, uses a Time of Flight (ToF) method to detect objects. It measures the time it takes for infrared light to reflect back from its subject, and when this information is combined with a camera, it improves the way objects are expressed in 3D.

As the sensor can detect objects without being interrupted by other lights, it has a high recognition rate and is optimal for augmented reality and virtual reality applications as well, LG said.

It will also be used for biometric authentication such as facial recognition, and can create more natural selfies among other things, LG added.

The 3D sensor will be installed at the front of G8 ThinQ smartphone.

Infineon is a leading semiconductor firm globally that makes automotive, power control, and digital security sensors.

Last month, LG sent invites for the unveiling of its new flagship phone, which will take place at Mobile World Congress on February 24, while hinting at a new gesture control feature.

The company is also preparing to unveil its first 5G phone at the same event.

LG is hoping the upcoming releases will provide a turnaround for its mobile business, which saw sales drop by nearly one-third across 2018.

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