One of 2023’s most interesting Android phones just dropped

Realme GT5 Pro in jewellery.
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Not long ago, the Google Pixel 4 came with a Soli radar system that allowed motion sense. It enabled you to snooze alarms, mute calls, control music playback, and more by waving your hand over the screen. LG tried something similar called Air Motion on the LG G8 ThinQ, using an array consisting of a time-of-flight (ToF) camera and an infrared sensor.

It was nice to look at, but hit-or-miss in real life. Unfortunately, this idea died. Google never put the Soli system on another Pixel phone, and LG shut down its entire phone division. But apparently, the allure of controlling the phone with touchless hand gestures remains.

This time, Chinese smartphone maker Realme is coming with Torch. On its latest flagship phone, the Realme GT5 Pro, the company has implemented a palm-based system for authentication and UI controls, along with a 32-megapixel selfie camera and apparently a proximity sensor to detect hand movement. Has been used.

@realmeglobal The GT5 Pro also adds this great gesture-based UI navigation system. I hope it’s as smooth as it looks in the marketing video. Here it is in action:

— Nadeemonics (@nsnadeemsarwar) 7 December 2023

Realme says the GT5 Pro understands a total of 12 hand gestures in the phone’s native UI and some social media apps. Here’s a list of everything it can do:

  • Hold five fingers to launch the app multitask screen.
  • Switch to select an app from the task switcher.
  • Hold the index finger straight to show the on-screen cursor. The cursor remains in the same position for the click.
  • Point three fingers to capture a screenshot.
  • Flip the palm upside down to get to the home screen.
  • Give a thumbs up to like a video.
  • To like a video, join the thumb and index finger in a circle to make an “OK” gesture, while keeping the other three fingers open.
  • Swipe up with an open palm to play the next video in the social feed.
  • Point your thumb left to return to the previous screen.

It’s interesting to see these features in action, even if many will find them gimmicky. After all, the whole premise of a modern smartphone is to hold it in your hands and let your fingers control everything on the screen. But the Palm Unlock part here is quite interesting – and a bit Very ambitious.

Palm Unlock is a bold claim to fame

Realme GT5 Pro in orange and black colors.
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The idea is simple. You bring the palm of your hand close to the screen, and the camera reads the print and unlocks the phone. Realme claims that the palm identification system is faster than face unlock.

But I highly doubt it. This is mainly because it is much easier to recognize a face with all its clear features than the thin lines on your palm. And at close range, getting a proper focus lock won’t be easy either.

So, Realme has developed this great system for Palm Unlock. A hand ID if you like. The company claims that it is faster than face recognition. Selfie doesn’t use anything other than the camera to handle authentication.

— Nadeemonics (@nsnadeemsarwar) 7 December 2023

Realme claims to have tested the Palm Unlock system against 10 million unauthorized unlock attempts. Such penetrating attack observations sound reassuring, but in real life, there is much more to consider – such as external lighting and hand movements.

But if you are not satisfied with this idea, the Realme GT5 Pro offers an under-display fingerprint scanner. The rest of the package is also quite impressive.

You get Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip inside, a triple camera system led by Sony’s latest 50-megapixel sensor, 100-watt fast charging, a curved OLED screen that outputs 4,500 nits of peak HDR brightness, and leather. With an IP64-build aesthetics. The device won’t be reaching US shores, but it’s one of the cheapest Android phones powered by Qualcomm’s latest top-tier silicon.

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