New Samsung Processor Anticipates Rise of 3D Facial Recognition in Wake of Apple’s Face ID

“Samsung says the processor can recognize people and things, and features a depth sensing capability that supports 3D face imaging…”

Samsung has unveiled its latest premium processor for mobile devices.

New Samsung Processor Anticipates Rise of 3D Facial Recognition in Wake of Apple's Face IDThe Exynos 9 Series 9810 features an eight-core CPU, four of which can reach 2.9GHz; and Samsung says its single-core performance is two times better than that of its previous Exynos offering, while its multi-core performance is about 40 percent better.

It also features AI-powered image processing. Samsung says the processor can recognize people and things, and features a depth sensing capability that supports 3D face imaging – the latter capability apparently anticipating a growing interest in 3D facial recognition in the wake of Apple’s very successful debut of its Face ID authentication system on the iPhone X. And to help maintain strong security, the processor keeps this kind of biometric information – as well as fingerprint and iris data – in a separate processing unit within the chip.

Meanwhile, an embedded 1.2Gbps LTE modem supports 6x carrier aggregation for 1.2Gbps downlink and 200Mbps uplink. That means it can support the transfer of rich multimedia like UHD resolution video or immersive 360-degree video.

Samsung hasn’t yet offered a specific release date for the processor, but said in a statement that the solution “is currently in mass production.”