The OnePlus 5T was launched with its fingerprint sensor on the back instead of the front, a revolutionary design departure from it’s the phones that came before it. Oftentimes the biggest benefit of a front-facing fingerprint sensor is the ability to easily unlock your device when it is still sitting on a table. However, the OnePlus 5T’s bezel-less design approach meant that the company simply couldn’t fit a fingerprint sensor on the front anymore. In a bid to combat this, OnePlus presented its brand new Face Unlock technology which makes use of the front-facing camera to examine 100 identifiers of your face. This new feature has made it easier for a user to unlock his or her phone without the inconvenience of having to find the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.
Now, the authentication method is being passed on to the older OnePlus 5. The co-founder of OnePlus, Carl Pei, tweeted in the morning yesterday that the security measure will come to the phones although he didn’t state at what time it should be expected or if there would be any service differences.
Pei says that the feature roll-out follows “popular demand.” In a review of the OnePlus 5T, Vlad Savov writes that more than anything else, Face Unlock is suitable. It may not be super secure, as his friends were able to make a parody of it by flashing his phone at his face for a second. After all it is strictly only a software feature. It is not as secure as Apple’s Face ID (which uses depth mapping and projection to verify that it’s you), but it’s faster and more flexible. OnePlus only uses Face Unlock to secure phones – not for payments or other sensitive transactions – also, users won’t be compelled into using Face Unlock. They are always free to use the fingerprint sensor built into their OnePlus 5’s home button.
The Face Unlock uses the front-facing camera and doesn’t need any hardware to function thus making it easier to be incorporated into the OnePlus 5.