LG Says the G8 ThinQ is Coming With a Special Selfie Cam

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This technology isn't new, as some cameras from the likes Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi have all put ToF sensors on their backs. Infineon developed the ToF technology for use in both mid-tier and premium smartphones. We've seen LG announcing certain phone features ahead of the actual press event for a phone, so this isn't surprising.

LG has confirmed that the G8 ThinQ will have a time-of-flight front-facing camera on the flagship smartphone. In fact, it is being speculated that by 2020, the Cupertino giant will also ditch the structured lighting system in favor of the ToF technology.

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What the hell is a ToF image sensor, you ask? In fact, this particular sensor, the Infineon REAL3, isn't new either. 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. Using algorithms for processed 3D point clouds ("a set of data points in space produced by 3D scanning") the chip will bring ToF imaging to selfie lovers.

LG also teased the phone's camera features in its announcement, without revealing any details about it.

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"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.

The time-of-flight sensor headed to the LG G8 is likely to accompany a main selfie cam on the front of the phone. Due to this speed this technology is often used for face recognition and other biometric authentication techniques.

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