In the last year only, the tech world has seen many launches of smartphones with face unlock capability. Perhaps the feature which was made popular by the Apple iPhone X is being replicated or at least being attempted to be replicated on other phones. Although Apple’s FaceID technology uses an advanced 3D mapping technology to ensure the safety of the user, the other Android face unlocks such as the one on OnePlus 6 use 2D image-based techniques to unlock the phone. However, now it’s been some time that the feature which been exclusive to the high-end phones, has come to the budget devices.
To fill this gap in the market, more and more companies are releasing phones with Face Unlock technology which use different methods to facilitate easy unlocking of the phone. Read down below to check the five best devices featuring face unlock, priced under Rs 10,000.
Oppo Realme 1
The Realme 1 by Oppo debuted in the market as a direct competition to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone was exclusively launched in partnership with Amazon with a price tag of Rs 8,990. The variant which packs 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage features a 6-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen with Face Unlock. As for the software, the phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.0, a custom skin by Oppo. The processor on the device is the MediaTek Helio P60.
On the imaging front, the phone features a 13MP sensor on the rear with phase-detection autofocus, LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, and 1080p video recording. For selfies, Oppo gives an 8MP selfie camera with a f/2.2 aperture on the front. The phone’s features include GPS support, dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, micro USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. Lastly, the battery on this phone is a 3410mAh one.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2
The Xiaomi Redmi Y2, which was launched earlier this month in India also comes with Face Unlock functionality. The device has been priced at Rs 9,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant. The USP of the phone is the 16MP selfie shooter and dual rear cameras of 12MP and 5MP. The Redmi Y2 comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with MIUI 9.5 on top. It’s backed by a 3080mAh battery and can be purchased exclusively on Flipkart. There’s a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option as well at Rs 12,999.
Honor 7C Performance and Pricing
The Honor 7C touched Indian stores last month only, and it retails at the price of Rs 9,999 on Amazon. The phone sports a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio along with minimal bezels on all sides. The camera on the phone is an impressive dual setup of 13MP+2MP on the rear with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, phase-detection autofocus, HDR and 1080p video recording. On the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture accompanied with a LED flash.
Speaking about the software, the device runs on Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 skin by Honor. The chipset under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor which comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Definitely, there is the Face Unlock feature on the phone. The 7C also has support for dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, micro USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. The handset rocks a battery of 3000mAh.
Infinix Hot S3
The Infinix Hot S3 features a minimal-bezel design with the LCD screen measuring 5.65-inches. The Hot S3 retails for Rs 8,999 in the country and offers a whopping 20MP selfie shooter. The screen also comes with 2.5D curved glass covering and features a fingerprint sensor. The processor driving the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset which comes accompanied by 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The battery is a massive 4000mAh one.
Speaking of the camera, the phone sports a 13MP rear sensor which is equipped with autofocus, dual-LED flash and a whopping 20MP camera upfront for selfies. The camera app ships with modes like beautifying mode, burst mode, panorama mode, and stickers. The dual SIM device supports 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, micro USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. The phone can be exclusively purchased on Flipkart.
The iVoomi i2 features a 5.45-inch HD+ LCD screen (720×1440 pixels) which comes with a bezel-less design at the affordable price of Rs 7,499. The chipset on this device is the MediaTek’s MT6739 quad-core processor which comes paired with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. On the software front, the phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo. The imaging on this phone is also decent thanks to the 13MP+2MP dual rear-facing camera and an 8MP selfie camera. This phone also supports dual 4G.
The phone also doesn’t sport a fingerprint sensor and depends only on the Face Unlock for user authentication. There is an option for dual-SIM cards along with support for 4G LTE, VoLTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB port, a 3.5mm headphone port. The battery on the device is also an impressive 4000mAh one. The phone retails in two colour options of Indigo and Olive.
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