IPhone X's TrueDepth camera is years ahead of the Android competition

Doris Richards
October 3, 2017

TrueDepth works as an iris scanner and front-facing camera on the iPhone X and, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's rivals will need around two and a half years to offer the same level of functionality on their Android smartphones.

The TrueDepth camera, which debuts on the iPhone X, is actually a highly sophisticated system with multiple components, including a traditional camera, an infrared camera, a projector, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and more. Get up to speed fast with our one-stop guide.

Kuo had previously said that the iPhone X camera was one-to-two years ahead of the best Android snappers.

The iPhone X will officially arrive on November 3.

Apple Has a 2.5-Year Lead Over Android Phones Thanks to Its TrueDepth Camera, Claims Analyst
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Last week, other Apple-watchers suggested the handset might not be in plentiful supply until February 2018.

The TrueDepth camera system also enables a fun new feature called Animoji, which includes a dozen different animated emoji that imitate users' facial expressions and movements once they send them to their contacts.

Developers will also be able to create features using the base technology for Face ID, leaving the likes of Samsung trailing in Apple's wake. Rumors state that the difficulty in manufacturing this camera is what is leading to iPhone X production problems, severely limiting the initial supply.


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