Xiaomi phones are the ones with the most gaps in facial recognition, says study

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Xiaomi phones are the ones with the most gaps in facial recognition, says study
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Samsung, Xiaomi, Motorola and other manufacturers had some of their entry-level and intermediate cell phones analyzed by a study promoted by Consumenten Bold that evaluated the safety of facial biometrics. The research is quite consistent, indicating that the cheapest devices are the ones with the most gaps.

Among the 60 cell phones analyzed by the researchers, 26 of them were considered insecure, especially some models from Xiaomi and its subsidiaries lead in terms of insecurity. The Chinese occupies almost 60% of the list with 14 models listed, including some from the Xiaomi 13 family. Motorola appears in second position with 4 phones, followed by Nokia in third place with three devices.

According to the report, smartphones classified as unsafe do not take enough measures to prevent third parties from unlocking the device using a printed photo of the device owner. This breach makes both the cell phone and applications that use facial unlocking susceptible to intrusions and data theft.

The analysis done by Consumenten Bold did not identify vulnerabilities in iPhones, which passed all tests preventing the system from being unlocked through methods such as the one mentioned above. In the case of Apple cell phones, it is worth remembering the presence of Face ID infrared sensors that significantly raise the level of security.

Xiaomi cell phones are the ones with the most gaps in facial recognition, says study.

In the case of most affordable cell phones in the Android ecosystem, the evaluation of facial data is not done by a specific sensor, but by the front camera and an artificial intelligence feature in the software. In this case, it is possible that a realistic photo or a well-made montage can bypass the security mechanisms, something that rarely happens with a dedicated sensor.

Although Xiaomi leads in terms of unsafe devices (according to the report in question), it is interesting to mention that the Chinese manufacturer innovated in 2018 by launching the Xiaomi Mi 8 — the “Mi” nomenclature was abandoned by the company — with a rectangular notch housing the selfie camera and an infrared sensor for face depth mapping.

Check the list:

  • Xiaomi 12 Lite;
  • Xiaomi 12T;
  • Xiaomi 12T Pro;
  • Xiaomi 13;
  • Xiaomi 13 Lite;
  • Xiaomi 13 Pro;
  • POCO M5;
  • POCO M5s;
  • POCO X5;
  • POCO X5 Pro;
  • Redmi 12C;
  • Redmi Note 12;
  • Redmi Note 12 5G;
  • Redmi Note 12 Pro;
  • Motorola Moto E13;
  • Motorola Moto G13;
  • Motorola Moto G23;
  • Motorola Moto G72;
  • Nokia G22;
  • Nokia G60;
  • Nokia X30;
  • OPPO A17;
  • OPPO A57;
  • OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite;
  • Samsung Galaxy A04s;
  • Honor 70.

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  • The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite is not yet available in Europeian stores. To be notified when it arrives click here.
  • The Redmi Note 12 4G is available on Amazon for BRL 1,073. The cost-benefit is excellent and this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Nokia G22 is not yet available in Europeian stores. To be notified when it arrives click here.
  • The Poco X5 is available on Amazon for BRL 1,468. The cost-benefit is average and this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Poco X5 Pro is available on Amazon for BRL 1,852.
  • The Motorola Moto E13 is available at Extra for BRL 572. The cost-benefit is average and this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Motorola Moto G13 is not yet available in Europeian stores. To be notified when it arrives click here.
  • The Motorola Moto G23 is available at Extra for BRL 1,053. The cost-benefit is average and this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Xiaomi 13 Lite is available on Amazon for BRL 2,212. The cost-benefit is average but this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Redmi Note 12 is available on Amazon for BRL 1,015. The cost-benefit is excellent and this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Redmi 12C is available on Amazon for BRL 727. The cost-benefit is average. There are 23 best models.
  • The Xiaomi 13 is available from Cell Digital for BRL 5,335 and on Amazon for BRL 6,328. The cost-benefit is average but this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Xiaomi 13 Pro is not yet available in Europeian stores. To be notified when it arrives click here.
  • The Redmi Note 12 Pro is available at the Electro Store for BRL 1,698 and on Amazon for BRL 1,849. The cost-benefit is average but this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Motorola Moto G72 is available on Amazon for BRL 1,535. The cost-benefit is average but this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Oppo A17 is available from Free Cell for BRL 1,162. The cost-benefit is average. There are 32 best models.
  • The Xiaomi 12T Pro is not yet available in Europeian stores. To be notified when it arrives click here.
  • The Xiaomi 12T is available on Amazon for BRL 3,389.
  • The Poco M5 is available on Amazon for BRL 915. The cost-benefit is good and this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Poco M5s is available on Amazon for BRL 1,108. The cost-benefit is good. There are 14 best models.
  • The Nokia G60 is available from Extra for BRL 1,439. The cost-benefit is average and this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Nokia X30 is not yet available in Europeian stores. To be notified when it arrives click here.
  • The Samsung Galaxy A04s is available at Extra for BRL 755. The cost-benefit is excellent and this is the best model in this price range.
  • The Honor 70 is not yet available in Europeian stores. To be notified when it arrives click here.
  • The Oppo A57 is available at Ponto for BRL 1,649.
  • The Xiaomi 12 Lite is available on Amazon for BRL 1,978. The cost-benefit is average but this is the best model in this price range.
(updated June 26, 2023, 5:06 PM)
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