At MWC2018 Nokia Mobile announced the new family of Android One smartphones – the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco. While presenting the new Nokia 7 plus, HMD’s CPO mentioned that it features FaceUnlock, for increased security for those that prefer image/face recognition over the fingerprint sensor. The feature was also announced for the Nokia 6.1 and 8 Sirocco, and was available on some units in some markets when the devices launched, but it later disappeared. If I am not wrong, it still is available for users in China.
The official Nokia Mobile Twitter account confirmed to a user that the Face Unlock feature is coming to the old Nokia 8, as well as the Nokia 6.1, 7 plus and 8 Sirocco in the “coming months” as an OTA update. Also, Google offers face unlock under “smart lock” feature, but that option often disappears and is less secure than a properly implemented recognition by the manufacturer.
Considering that the feature was announced with the devices at MWC2018, just like the AI suite, it should have been available from day one. Well, better late than never, I guess. The users of the selected Devices should expect the feature in “coming months”, whatever that means.
I personally find the fingerprint sensor a more convenient way to unlock the device, especially when it is on the front like on my Nokia 5. Face unlock could be useful when the phone with a rear fingerprint sensor (like 6.1, 7 plus and 8 Sirocco) is lying on the desk, so I don’t have to raise the device to unlock (under the condition that the software recognizes my face from the particular angle).