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Nokia 8, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 to grab face unlock via update

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Some Nokia phones are about to get blessed with face unlock in the next couple of months. HMD Global had actually bundled facial recognition with some of its Chinese Android handsets, but didn’t do the same for its global ones.

A Nokia user took to Twitter to ask Nokia Mobile whether a face unlock update would be available for the Nokia 8. The company replied in the affirmative, telling her that the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 8, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 6.1 would all benefit from the upgrade. It’ll arrive as an OTA build in the coming months.

Nokia Face Unlock Security

Android already has an in-built facial recognition system, but it’s considered slow and not that reliable. For that matter, even Nokia’s face unlock system probably won’t be as a secure as Apple’s Face ID which relies on 3D imagery and dot projection.

Since none of the above mentioned Nokia phones have dedicated hardware for unlocking faces, it’s safe to assume that the front-facing camera will be doing the heavy lifting. OnePlus actually did something similar with the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 3T earlier this year, rolling out face unlock via a software update.

It’s not clear at the moment whether other Nokia devices will also receive a bump up to facial recognition. The more low-end models may not since smartphone typically need a fast processor to scan faces quickly and unlock the handset.

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Face unlock isn’t the only major update on the cards for the Nokia 7 Plus. The handset recently got its hands on the Android P Beta 2. It’s possible that HMD Global will bundle face scanning with its Android P update, but it’s impossible to predict this for sure.

All Nokia phones come with a 2-year OS update guarantee, which means all the devices in its portfolio so far are eligible for Android P. The software will probably come out at some point in August based on Google’s past patterns.