Smartphones are evolving at a very rapid pace. While bezel-less 18:9 displays seem to be the new trend in the form factor of current and upcoming devices, face unlock is a feature that is slowly gaining traction, thanks to the iPhone X. While not as secure as a fingerprint sensor, unlocking your device with your face certainly makes things easier. If you’re in the market looking for a new smartphone with face unlock, well, fret not, as we’ve got you covered. Read on, as we bring to you our list of 10 best smartphones with face unlock feature that you can buy right now:
1. Apple iPhone X
The Apple iPhone X is by far the best smartphone to buy if you intend to use Face Unlock as a secure measure rather than a gimmick to unlock your device. Sure, the device is the costliest device on this list, but rightly so, considering the technology that it uses. The Face ID on the iPhone X uses True Depth camera system which uses a bunch of sensors to create a 3D model of the user’s face made up of 30,000 invisible dots.
2. OnePlus 6
OnePlus recently brought about a refresh to its previous flagship OnePlus 5T, with the OnePlus 6. While the new display with the notch was the most talked about feature, it also came with OnePlus’ own implementation of Face Unlock. Unlike Apple, the device uses the front camera for its facial recognition along with OnePlus’ security algorithms. From what it seems, OnePlus 6 has the world’s fastest face unlock, and in our tests, the feature did prove to be secure enough as well.
3. Asus ZenFone 5Z
The all-new flagship killer from Asus, the Zenfone 5Z, is a great device and possibly the cheapest smartphone in the market to sport Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 processor. The device packs in a 8MP selfie shooter up from which it uses for face unlocking. Much like the OnePlus 6, the Face Unlock feature on the Zenfone 5Z is pretty fast and it works fairly well, even in low light situations.
Buy from Flipkart: (starts at Rs. 29,999)
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung is primarily known for shipping devices with the Iris Scanner, it has been shipping Face Unlock as well. While both cannot be enabled at the same time, the Iris Scanner is targeted more towards security while the Face ID is targeted for ease of use. Samsung’s implementation also makes use of the front camera only, but it’s still not as fast (or as consistent as the OnePlus 5T). If you’re looking for a more secure biometric option, the device’s Iris Scanners should serve you better.
4. Honor 10
Huawei’s subsidiary brand, Honor, has rolled out the all-new Honor 10, a budget version of the Huawei Mate 10. The device goes head-to-head with the OnePlus 6 and also comes with Face Unlock. While the base implementation is the same, making use of the front camera for face recognition, the device also comes with an integrated NPU that allows for machine learning. The system basically learns from multiple scans and makes the overall scanning process much more secure.
Buy on Flipkart: (Rs. 32,999)
5. Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+
If the Galaxy Note 8 isn’t your right size, the Galaxy S9 might be the one for you. Announced at the MWC 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9+ are currently the best flagship phones out there. Apart from great rear cameras with dual apertures, the S9 also features one of the fastest face unlock on any Android device. The face recognition on this is the same which is present on the Galaxy Note 8, making use of the front camera on the device.
6. Oppo Find X
Oppo Find X is one of the most innovative phones which has hit the market in the last couple of years. The USP of the device is its bezel-less and notch-less, 6.42-inch Full-HD+ (2340× 1080p) AMOLED display at the front which has an impressive screen to the body of 93.8%. Oppo has achieved this feat by removing all the front-facing sensors and putting them inside a motorized pop-up module which is instantaneous and quite frankly cool. Oppo Find X also brings face unlocking instead of a fingerprint sensor. Since face unlock is the only biometric authenticator available in the device, Oppo has made it really secure. Unlike other Android devices which just use the front camera or IR sensor, the Find X brings a number of sensors including a flood illuminator, an infrared camera, a ranging sensor, and a dot projector, just like on the iPhone X. In the Android world, Oppo Find X has the most secure face unlocking mechanism.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹59,990
7. Samsung Galaxy A8+
Samsung usually reserves its best features for its flagship series, but the Galaxy A8+ is a sign that it is ready to enter the budget-flagship segment and tackle OnePlus and Honor. The Galaxy A8+ also comes with the face unlock feature, which makes use of the device’s front camera for facial recognition. And unlike what many people feel, the feature is actually much secure than Google’s Smart Lock.
Buy on Amazon: (Starts at Rs. 32,990)
8. LG V30
The LG V30 is the company’s current flagship device, and it packs in a ton of features. Apart from a fingerprint sensor, the device also features both a voice unlock and a face unlock feature. The V30 also packs in some serious hardware, all packed in an exquisite body waiting to be unlocked by your face. Also, unlike the Q6 that we will be talking about in a while, the LG V30’s face recognition is quite secure.
9. Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the newest entry is Xiaomi’s wide range of products in the mid-range segment, and possibly, the best till date. Apart from a controversial yet beautiful design, the Redmi Note 5 Pro packs in a face unlock feature that is embedded within MIUI. In fact, it is the first Xiaomi device to feature face unlocking, and thanks to its great front camera, the feature works quite snappy. But apart from speed, the face unlock on the device is quite accurate as well.
Buy from Flipkart: (Rs. 14,999)
10. Vivo V9
The Vivo V9 is one of the rare devices to feature the ability to use your face to unlock your device under just Rs. 23,000 or $350. Concealed inside the notch is the front camera of the device that is used for Face Unlocking. Just simply go to the Settings and tap on the “Fingerprint, Face and Password” menu to set up the Face ID on the device. Oh, and in case you’re wondering about the quality of the sensor, Vivo is the sister company of OnePlus, so the V7+ essentially shares the same technology which is found on the OnePlus 5T.
Buy from Amazon: (Rs. 22,990)
11. Oppo F7
The Oppo F7 is one of the most camera-centric devices currently available, to also feature face unlock. It features a front camera that makes use of AI technology as well, which is used for both “beauty shots” as well as face unlock for the device. According to the company, the accuracy of the facial recognition is on par with devices such as Galaxy S9 and its sister company’s best device, the OnePlus 5T. Available under the Rs. 22,000 ($350) price tag, the Oppo F7 offers the same features as the Vivo V9 but in a slightly different design language and a thousand rupee cheaper price tag.
Buy from Amazon: (Rs. 21,990)
12. Huawei P20 Pro and P20 Lite
Huawei’s P20 Pro is the latest flagship device launched by Huawei recently. The P20 Pro is the first-ever Android smartphone with 3 cameras on the rear, which steals the actual limelight, while the P20 Lite features a dual camera setup on the back. However, the front camera on both the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro is a 24-megapixel shooter, which makes it more than capable of capturing good selfies. The front camera is also a key component, which enables Face Unlock on this phone.
13. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
One of the best mid-range devices that I’ve personally used, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is a great device that’s bang-on for your money. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 packs in an 8MP f/2.0 front shooter with Portrait Mode, while there is an upgraded 16 MP shooter on 6GB variant. The device recently received the Face Unlock feature via an update and in my usage, it works pretty well.
Buy from Flipkart: (starts at ₹10,999)
Unlock Your Device Easily With These Smartphones
Face Unlock is certainly becoming the norm these days amongst smartphones, and thankfully, the feature is present on devices of all budgets and sizes. While Apple and OnePlus currently hold the titles of the most secure and fastest scanners respectively, we hope to see more competition in the upcoming months. Let us know your pick of the above lot in the comments below.