Huawei has today announced that a new software update will bring Huawei’s facial recognition technology – Face Unlock – to the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series.

The software, which was first made available on the HUAWEI P20 Series, is now available via an update, on both the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro devices.

In addition to the existing fingerprint sensor and password unlock security methods on the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, the lightening-fast Face Unlock feature provides users with a third unlocking method for optimal convenience. A 2D live detection capability also ensures the device cannot be unlocked by photos or a screen and the Smart Unlock Recognition will only authenticate the user’s profile if their eyes are open. This software update for the Mate 10 Series reflects Huawei’s continued commitment to bringing meaningful innovation and user-friendly features to consumers.

The Face Unlock feature is fast and easy to set up on the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. Following the software update, users can enable Face Unlock in the “Security & Privacy” submenu in Settings. When accessing the feature for the first time, users will be prompted to take a headshot. After creating a facial profile, users can choose between two options for using Face Unlock: “Direct Unlock” and “Slide to Unlock”. The former unlocks the device automatically when the screen is turned on and the user’s face is recognised; the latter requires the user to perform a swipe gesture to unlock the device once their face is recognised.

“Slide to Unlock” works with the added feature called “Smart Screen Lock Notifications”, that only displays notifications if the correct face is identified. Having both options available gives users the freedom to choose the option that best suits their usage habits and preferences.

“At Huawei, we are dedicated to providing our consumers with purposeful and advanced smartphone technology that provides real benefits in their everyday lives,” said Walter Ji, President of Huawei Western Europe, Consumer Business Group. “The popularity of the Face Unlock feature on the Huawei P20 Series is testament to consumers’ preference for smartphone features that bring more convenience to the everyday. As a result, we are pleased to also bring facial recognition technology to the Huawei Mate 10 Series.”