The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, was the first phone to feature a facial recognition system for user authentication. However, its facial recognition system was pretty poor and its algorithms could easily be defeated even with a still picture. With the advent of fingerprint readers on smartphones, especially since the iPhone 5s, facial recognition authentication was long forgotten.
Ever since, Apple released the iPhone X last year with a newer facial recognition system with 3D sensing, all smartphone brands have turned their focus towards bringing facial recognition to their phones. The iPhone X uses a series of special sensors and cameras to accurately create a 3D depth map of a user’s face and use it user authentication. Except the recently released Xiaomi Mi 8 and the Mi 8 Explorer’s Edition, no other Android smartphone uses iPhone X-like sensors for 3D mapping a face. However, some brands like OnePlus are using 2D facial recognition system that’s faster than the iPhone X’s mechanism and decently accurate at the same time.
Now, even affordable Android smartphones have started offering facial recognition systems. Yes, we understand that Face Unlock isn’t really as secure as a fingerprint reader, but its ease-of-use factor makes it worth using. If you’re looking to buy an affordable smartphone that features Face Unlock, we’ve created a list of smartphones with the Face Unlock feature that are priced under Rs. 10,000. Let’s have a look at those five smartphones now.
Priced at Rs. 4,999 in India, the Tambo TA-3 is the cheapest smartphone in the list to feature Face Unlock. It even have a minimal-bezel design, thanks to its 4.95-inch LCD screen with 2.5D curved glass covering. It has a fingerprint reader as well, and it is equipped with a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a microSD card slot. The phone has a 2100mAh battery.
It has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera with LED flash. The camera app features a beautifying mode, burst mode, panorama mode, and stickers. Like most Android smartphones these days, the Tambo TA-3 features a dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. The phone comes with 200 days replacement warranty along with one-time screen replacement within the first year of purchase.
The iVoomi i2 is priced at Rs. 7,499 in India, and it features 5.45-inch HD+ LCD screen (720×1440 pixels) and a bezel-less design. It uses MediaTek’s MT6739 quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo, and features a 13MP+2MP dual rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing camera.
The iVoomi i2 lacks a fingerprint reader, and relies on Face Unlock for user authentication. The smartphone has a dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, VoLTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB port, a 3.5mm headphone port, and a 4000mAh battery. It is available in Indigo and Olive Black colours.
The OPPO Realme 1 was launched exclusively in partnership with Amazon.in, and it competes directly with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Priced at Rs. 8,990 for the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, the Realme 1 has a 6-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen, Face Unlock, and Android 8.1 Oreo based ColorOS 5.0 software. The phone uses MediaTek Helio P60 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot.
It has a 13MP rear-facing camera with phase-detection autofocus, LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, and 1080p video recording. At the front, the Realme 1 has an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. It features GPS, dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. It comes packed with a 3410mAh battery.
The LG Q6 was launched in India last year at a price of Rs. 14,999, but its price has now been dropped to just Rs. 9,999, which fits just under the budget. It has a plastic body, a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is MIL-STD810G compliant, so it can take a few beatings and drops before dying. The LG Q6 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot.
The LG Q6 features a 13MP rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1/3-inch sensor, 1.12µm pixels, autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video recording at 30fps. At the front, the phone a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1/5-inch sensor, and 1.12µm pixels. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system, dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE and VoLTE, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone port, and a 3000mAh battery. It lacks a fingerprint reader, and relies on Face Unlock the feature.
The Honor 7C was launched in India last month. The smartphone has a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, and minimal bezels on all sides. The Honor 7C has a 13MP+2MP dual-camera at the rear with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, phase-detection autofocus, HDR, 1080p video recording, and an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, and an LED flash.
The smartphone has runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 software. It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Apart from Face Unlock, the phone also features a microSD card slot. It has a dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, microUSB port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. The phone comes packed with a 3000mAh battery.