Major smartphone brands in China are expected to adopt the ToF 3D sensing camera technology for rear imaging modules of new and upcoming smartphone models. These new devices with the ToF sensors are projected to ship in the second half of this year.
According to a DigiTimes report, these popular Chinese vendors are expected to finalize their plans in the early second quarter of this year. As per a source close to the matter, Meizu has already launched 5G enabled smartphones with the Time of Flight 3D sensors that were supplied by Shenzen based firm, Orbbec Technology. Similarly, China based Wuhan Sillicon Integrated and Ningbo RaySea Technology are also preparing to supply entry level 3D ToF 3D sensing modules for other Chinese smartphone manufacturers.
Furthermore, Taiwan based fingerprint recognition IC design firms are also planning to partner with other Taiwanese LED chip makers, along with other optical device or III-V compound semiconductor makers, which are essential for making ToF 3D sensing modules. This move arrives as competition intensifies for business opportunities for these firms, as per the sources.
Unfortunately, the report does not specifically mention the names of any leading Chinese smartphone manufacturers. Although, if one is offering the ToF sensor on their smartphones, others are likely to follow to not fall behind on the competition. So stay tuned for more, as we will be providing updates when additional information is available.
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