Apple's next-generation smartphone iPhone 8 will be equipped with 3D face recognition camera, supplied by LG Electronics parts manufacturing department LG Innotek.
3D face recognition camera can perceive the depth of the target object, so theoretically, its security is higher. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S8 uses a common 2D face recognition technology, using a simple photo to unlock the phone.
In fact, after Apple's acquisition of the Israeli face recognition technology company RealFace, there are rumors that the iPhone 8 will support facial recognition technology. It is not surprising that LG Innotek is available, because LG Innotek is now the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera module supplier.
Reported that, in order to produce 3D facial recognition camera, LG has a new plant investment of about $ 238.5 million. Because the size of the 3D camera is smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus camera, LG needs a different production line to produce.
It is reported that Apple and LG Innotek last year began to cooperate to develop the world's first 3D facial recognition camera. Reported that the initial contract size of about two hundred billion won (about 178 million US dollars).
Analysts say winning Apple 3D camera orders will drive LG Innotek's long-term profit growth. Compared with the ordinary smart phone camera module, dual lens camera price is about 3 times higher.
In the first quarter of this year, LG Innotek camera module revenue of 400 billion won (about 356 million US dollars). Analysts expect the fourth quarter is expected to reach 1.5 trillion won (about 1.33 billion US dollars).