Not all functions for unlocking the smartphone are the same. Android had such a basic function for a long time, including Windows 10. Apple's Face-ID, however, introduced a new level of sophistication, not to mention marketing, which presumably prevented consumers from seeing every device, the "Face ID". Features that would offer equal security and accuracy. However, as the recent OnePlus 6 Face Unlock Spoofing shows, this is definitely not the case. And to be fair, that was not the case for OnePlus at all.
For some time there have been smartphones or even laptops with faces to unlock. These used very simple hardware and software to detect a face. The Apple Face ID has raised the bar with 3D face detection and advanced algorithms. Despite the marketing statement, however, few smartphones have yet to achieve the same effect.
The OnePlus 6 is definitely not one of them. With a few exceptions, such as the flagships of Huawei or Samsung, most smartphones, even high-end devices, do not have the right hardware to create a 3D map of your face or even distinguish a live face from a printed one. The latter is exactly what the Twitter user @ rikvdujin has claimed by deceiving the latest flagship killer with a simple photo.
But before you bring out the pitchforks and light the torches, OnePlus wants you to not know it a big deal. The company has already said in the OnePlus 5T that the Face Unlock feature is designed for comfort rather than safety. For operations that require more reliable biometrics, at least fingerprints or passwords are needed. Here is the full explanation for phoneArena:
"We have designed Face Unlock to be practical, and while we have taken action to improve safety, we have always recommended using a password / PIN / fingerprint for For this reason, face recognition is not enabled for secure applications such as banking or payments, and we're constantly working to improve all our technology, including Face Unlock. "
These are the same disclaimers that Samsung has Manufacturer. Despite the speed and accuracy of its face and iris recognition capabilities on the Galaxy S9, Samsung still does not allow it to be used for secure transactions such as mobile payments. Android users may not want to hear it, but it may take a while for them to have the same security as Face ID.