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The OnePlus 5T's Face Unlock feature will make its way to the OnePlus 5
Apart from the stretched-out display, the OnePlus 5T also introduced Face Unlock, which allows the phone to be unlocked with your good-looking mug. OnePlus 5 owners need not worry about not getting the feature, as it will make its way to the phone soon enough.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirmed the move on Twitter, though he didn’t say when OnePlus 5 owners would get their first taste of Face Unlock:
Due to popular demand, Face Unlock is coming for the OnePlus 5. Thanks for the feedback, and merry Christmas! ???— Carl Pei (@getpeid) December 24, 2017
Such a move makes sense, since Face Unlock doesn’t require any special hardware. Rather, Face Unlock relies on software to use over 100 identifiers to identify your face. This means that the feature is not nearly as secure as other facial recognition implementations, though our testing showed that Face Unlock works incredibly fast and didn’t get fooled by a picture.
OnePlus 5 owners have already had an exciting end to the year, since OnePlus started rolling out Android Oreo to the slightly older phone, so Face Unlock is another cherry on top. However, OnePlus’ use of its Face Unlock feature landed the company in somewhat lukewarm water, since a firm that specializes in facial recognition and biometric authentication technology accused OnePlus of infringing on at least one of its patents.
At the time, SensibleVision co-founder and CEO George Brostoff did not say whether his company would take any legal, though a follow-up query insinuated that legal action would be a last resort. Instead, it appears that SensibleVision will approach OnePlus through non-legal means and amicably settle the issue, perhaps through a Global Patent License Agreement (GPLA).
After all, some of SensibleVision’s patents are US-only, whereas OnePlus is based in China. We’ll keep a close eye on any new developments on that front, as well as when OnePlus will push the update to the OnePlus 5 that enables Face Unlock.