Gartner Research

Emerging Technology Analysis: 3D Cameras in Smartphones Enable Differentiation via Authentication and Augmented Reality

Published: 02 November 2017

ID: G00345872

Analyst(s): Claire Wen


3D sensing capability enables photographic creativity, facial authentication and AR apps; this is a differentiator for smartphone OEMs. But to gain competitive advantage, technology product management leaders at smartphone OEMs must adopt the right 3D camera technology and ecosystem.

Table Of Contents


  • Technology Description
    • Structured Light
    • Time of Flight
  • Technology Adoption
    • Factors That Will Drive Adoption
    • Factors That Will Inhibit Adoption
  • Technology Impact
    • 3D Cameras in Smartphones Will Increase AR-Related Business Opportunities
    • 3D Camera for Authentication Is Competing With Fingerprint Solutions
    • Actions for the Next Six to 18 Months
  • References

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.