LG Electronics is preparing to launch its next flagship smartphone, the G8 ThinQ, on 24 February 2019 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. His specialness? It includes a 3D front-facing camera for face recognition features, 3D object modeling or virtual and augmented reality. It will be the first mobile brand to contain such a device.
The same technology as Apple
The second Korean electronics group behind Samsung Electronics joins the closed club of manufacturers offering smartphones with a 3D camera at the front. Apple launched the wave in 2017 with its iPhone X before it generalized the device with the three models of the latest generation iPhone that was launched in the fall of 2018. The Californian giant was later imitated by some Chinese manufacturers, including Xiaomi, Oppo and Huawei Technologies. According to analysts, 3D detection functions should be widespread on smartphones over the next five years.
Just like Apple, LG Electronics has opted for 3D detection technology for flight time, which is presented as more accurate, efficient and less demanding in computing and power consumption than the structured light technology Xiaomi, Oppo or Huawei Technologies. This consists of determining the depth by measuring the time an infrared beam needs to reach the target and then return. The time-of-flight infrared detector, which offers this function, is the most important part. It is provided by STMicroelectronics for Apple. LG Electronics relies on the Real3 detector from the German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies and the image processing algorithm of its compatriot and partner PMD Technologies. This is the second smartphone quiz Infineon Technologies team of its 3D detector after the Phab2 Pro, the enhanced smartphone from Lenovo.
Real3, the Infineon Technologies 3D motion detector
Fall into the market
LG Electronics is losing momentum in the market and banking on this innovation in terms of biometric control and user interface to get back on track. According to Counterpoint, his smartphone shipments fell by 26.3% in one year, from 55.9 million in 2017 to 41.2 million in 2018. However, it is still in seventh place worldwide with a 3% share, compared with 4% in 2017 behind Samsung Electronics, Apple, Huawei Technologies, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo. But the activity remains in the red for the fourth consecutive year with a cumulative loss of more than $ 2.5 billion in four years according to the calculations of L & # 39; Usine Nouvelle.