Analyst Says Apple is Leading Qualcomm in 3D-Sensing Tech by Two Years


iPhone 8 Copper render

One of the standout features in the upcoming oft-rumored iPhone 8s is its 3D depth-sensing technology, which will boost things like Augmented Reality (AR) features and more.

Qualcomm is working on technology to help devices improve in this area as well, and it was reported not too long ago that Qualcomm believes it will offer a better experience for some Android phones in the near future than what Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 can offer later this year (and into the future).

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has sent out a memo stating the opposite. As noted by 9to5Mac, Kuo and company believe Apple have a significant lead time over companies like Qualcomm when it comes to 3D-sensing technologies. According to Kuo, Qualcomm is an immature company in both hardware and software when it comes to this particular area, and, as a result, won’t be shipping any worthwhile products until sometime in 2019.

Kuo believes that this immaturity will mean the 3D-sensing technology will have a very slow rollout in Android-based devices. Specifically, it could start with Xiaomi, which is apparently ready for that technology in its devices, but it is currently waiting to see how the market, and consumers, respond to the features embedded in the iPhone 8 before it makes a decision.

The camera systems in the iPhone 8 are expected to be one of the most important new features in the rumored flagship smartphone. Kuo has gone on the record several times at this point, going as far to say that the iPhone 8 will have a “revolutionary” front-facing camera. We’ve even just heard that the technology within the device will allow for facial recognition software to work within a “millionths of a second,” outperforming current technologies by a wide margin.

Still, we’ll have to wait and see how any of this looks in the final device. Apple is expected to host its big unveiling party in the early part of September, so we don’t have long to wait.

[via 9to5Mac]

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