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Development Opportunities and Challenges for Mobile Device 3D Sensors

  • Report

  • 14 Pages
  • August 2018
  • Region: Global
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
  • ID: 4607695

In September of 2017, Apple showcased its commemorative iPhone X model with 3D facial recognition during its first autumn conference. This not only set off a 3D sensor technology whirlwind in the marketplace but also contributed to the rise in the supply chains market values. It is estimated that Apple's three new models will adopt a 3D sensor in 2018, and the concerns over supply shortages will likely to continue.

With some considerations, the Android mobile phone camp has held a relatively conservative attitude toward the adoption of 3D sensors. This report provides an in-depth analysis on the development opportunities and challenges of 3D sensors in mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

List of Topics

  • Development of 3D sensors on mobile devices, touching on mobile 3D sensor applications, and 3D facial recognition partners of major smartphone brands such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi
  • The importance of the full view display on the development of 3D facial recognition; the AR (Augmented Reality) and TOF (Time of Flight) on the development of 3D sensors
  • Mobile device's 3D sensor module shipment value forecast for the period 2018-2022

Table of Contents

1. 3D Sensors Still Awaiting Future Killer Applications
2. Full View Display Craze Contributes to Widely Use of 3D Facial Recognition on iPhones
3. Apple's Future Focus on AR is to Fuel Growth for 3D Sensors
4. Author's Perspective

Glossary of Terms
List of Companies

List of Tables
Table 1: Smartphone Brands and Their 3D Facial Recognition Partners

List of Figures
Figure 1: Mobile 3D Sensor Applications
Figure 2: Global Mobile Devices' 3D Sensor Module Shipment Value and Growth Rate, 2017-2022



Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • AMS
  • Apple
  • ASUS
  • Chronocam
  • Google
  • Himax
  • Hisilicon
  • Huawei
  • Infineon
  • Lenovo
  • LG
  • Lumentum
  • Mantis Vision
  • MediaTek
  • Oppo
  • Orbbec
  • PMD
  • PrimeSense
  • Qualcomm
  • Samsung
  • SLI
  • Sony
  • STM
  • TI
  • Vivo
  • Xiaom


Primary research with a holistic, cross-domain approach

The exhaustive primary research methods are central to the value that the analyst delivers. A combination of questionnaires and on-site visits to the major manufacturers provides a first view of the latest data and trends. Information is subsequently validated by interviews with the manufacturers' suppliers and customers, covering a holistic industry value chain. This process is backed up by a cross-domain team-based approach, creating an interlaced network across numerous interrelated components and system-level devices to ensure statistical integrity and provide in-depth insight.

Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
  • System supplier interviews
  • User interviews
  • Channel interviews
  • IPO interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Consumer surveys
  • Production databases
  • Financial data
  • Custom databases


  • Technology forecasting and assessment
  • Product assessment and selection
  • Product life cycles
  • Added value analysis
  • Market trends
  • Scenario analysis
  • Competitor analysis