Editor’s note: A version of this post by Zhang Xia first appeared on Yicai Global.

New smartphones from Xiaomi and Oppo will feature three-dimensional sensing technology for facial recognition as early as March or April next year, industry sources said.

Himax Technologies and Qualcomm will develop the 3D sensing technology using modules produced by Truly Opto-electronics. These three companies’ cooperation will enhance the hardware configuration of high-end models introduced by Chinese smartphone makers in the coming years, boosting their competitiveness, Digitimes quoted the sources as saying.

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Yicai Global is the English-language financial news service of Shanghai Media Group and is one of just two dedicated Chinese news feeds connected to the Bloomberg terminal.