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5 mobile phones for all budgets which use facial recognition technology

Facial recognition may be integrated with other biometrics or security tokens into a frictionless, multimodal approach to provide even greater security and faster authentication. Such an approach is being used around the world for fighting crime, preventing fraud, improving public safety and more recently, helping to combat the impact of COVID-19.

Over the past 40 years, NEC has worked tirelessly to improve the technology used in the accurate identification of individuals within the framework of biometric security systems. We have been consistently ranked independently as the number one facial recognition software provider by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Facial recognition is used by world-leading agencies and organisations throughout the world and is being widely utilised by mobile phone companies as a way of accessing and authenticating devices.

Whilst the speed and accuracy of such software is not comparable with the technology used by NEC NeoFace, there have been huge advancements in the past 2-3 years in such technology, since the launch of Apple’s Face ID in 2017. Since Apple’s ground-breaking launch, all major players in the mobile phone market have followed suit with the introduction of their own facial recognition technology.

Apple continues to pioneer when it comes to mobile device facial recognition technology. You will now find mobile phones to suit any budgets that incorporate facial recognition technology. Here are five of the best:

1.      Apple iPhone XS

The Apple iPhone XS is still considered the best smartphone to buy if you intend to use Face Unlock as a secure measure rather than a gimmick to unlock your device.

The iPhone XS is the most expensive smart phone in this list, but the facial recognition technology used justifies the price. According to Apple, “The technology that enables Face ID is some of the most advanced hardware and software that we’ve ever created. The TrueDepth camera captures accurate face data by projecting and analysing over 30,000 invisible dots to create a depth map of your face and also captures an infrared image of your face.

PriceSpy lowest price in NZ – $1,567.00

2.      Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro was released in 2018 as Huawei’s first smartphone with a Face-ID-like setup. It is one of the few Android phones that come with a 3D face unlock feature instead of just using the front facing camera to unlock the phone making it more secure than most other camera-only face unlock systems. You can use the 3D depth sensing camera system to securely unlock your phone, but the EMUI 9 software on the device only lets you add a single face to unlock a single profile.

PriceSpy lowest price in NZ – $899.00

3.      Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung have been utilising facial recognition since its launch with the Galaxy Note 7 model, but the technology has advanced since that initial launch. The flagship S10 smartphone offers a much more secure way of unlocking your mobile phone. Although there have been some teething problems with the facial recognition software on Samsung devices, they have been making improvements to eradicate the issues of spoofing and we would expect to see their next models improve significantly.

PriceSpy lowest price in NZ – $999.00

4.      OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is an update to their flagship OnePlus 6 phone and incorporates fingerprint as well as facial recognition as a biometric method of accessing and authenticating the device. The phone was widely reported to have one of the fastest unlocking features using facial recognition. However, unlike Apple, the device uses the front camera for its facial recognition along with OnePlus’ security algorithms. This has led to some issues with spoofing, as reported by Mashable. Regardless, there is still a very solid level of security using OnePlus’ facial recognition unlock.

PriceSpy lowest price in NZ – $649.00

5.      Huawei Y5 2019

The best value smartphone on our list to include facial recognition technology is the Huawei Y5 2019. While the facial recognition technology used is not comparable with the Mate 20 Pro, the Huawei Y5 will automatically begin to recognise your face once you lift the phone. Using 1024 facial points to intelligently map your face, you can conveniently unlock your device in seconds, even in low-light. As a low budget option, the Huawei Y5 2019 is a great alternative for those wanting the convenience of face unlock technology.

PriceSpy lowest price in NZ – $143.20


All major smartphone brands now include facial recognition as a way of accessing and authenticating both your device and specific apps. As we can see from the five phones listed above, there is a huge difference in price between the top smartphones and budget phones. which feature face unlock. The thing that you are paying for with the top of the range phones is the secure technology and the level of facial recognition scanning.

Smartphone technology will continue to grow apace and facial recognition technology in smartphones will continue to evolve. Always remember, the convenience of face unlock should never compromise the overall security of your device. So, make sure you read the device reviews prior to purchase to ensure that the device, and your information contained within it, are secure.


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