Samsung ready to take on iPhone 11 with Galaxy S11’s big camera overhaul

image

Samsung, Samsung Galaxy S11, Galaxy S11 price, Galaxy S11 camera, Galaxy S11 features, Galaxy S11 specifications, Galaxy S11 launch date Samsung Galaxy S11 will sport a 108-megapixel sensor for the main camera — versus the iPhone 11’s 12 — flanked by three more on the back of the device including an ultrawide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom. (Representational image of S10+ 5G variant)

Samsung Electronics Co’s response to Apple Inc’s much-improved iPhone 11 cameras is going to be a giant photographic arsenal strapped to the back of its 2020 flagship phones. The Korean company is preparing the biggest overhaul to the cameras on its flagship phones for next year, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.

Its upcoming Galaxy S11 will sport a 108-megapixel sensor for the main camera — versus the iPhone 11’s 12 — flanked by three more on the back of the device including an ultrawide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom, they said.

The marquee device will also adopt a time-of-flight sensor for depth detection similar to one already in the Note 10+, a feature that can aid portrait photos and augmented-reality applications, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing specifications that haven’t been made public.

Read more: Samsung’s clamshell foldable phone could be cheaper than expected 

Samsung will also extend the high-resolution sensor and 5x zoom camera to the Galaxy Fold clamshell device — which is expected to be publicly unveiled around the time of the Galaxy S11’s launch in February, the people said. The raft of new features signal Samsung’s renewed commitment to mobile photography after years of minimal innovation, as well as an attempt to catch Apple in the camera stakes.

The deluge on the camera front joins the introduction of foldable devices and fifth-generation wireless connectivity as core pillars of Samsung’s hardware strategy, features Apple won’t be able to match until its next iPhone refresh in September. A Samsung Electronics representative declined to comment. The company’s shares gained 1.8% Friday.

Read more: Biggest upgrade on Samsung Galaxy S11 series is likely to be in the camera department 

Now that closest rival Huawei Technologies Co is struggling in Europe thanks to US sanctions, Samsung can consolidate its lead by doing what it’s always done: overwhelming consumers with specs.

Affiliate Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. developed the 5x zoom module and started production earlier this year. Similar technology has figured in devices from Chinese competitors Huawei and Oppo. Both rivals licensed their zoom tech from Corephotonics Ltd, an Israeli company Samsung acquired early in 2019.

Heading into 2020, as multi-camera and multi-lens arrays become the norm on smartphones, Samsung stands to benefit from owning a pioneer in this developing field. Camera specs in particular feature heavily in consumer-buying decisions in developing markets such as India, Counterpoint Research data has shown.

 

news image
#smartphonephotography

Read More

Must Read

Donald Trump says India has supplied 2.9 crore hydroxychloroquine doses to US to combat COVID-19

Washington: A sizeable chunk of the 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine bought by the US to combat the coronavirus pandemic is from India, President Donald Trump has said as he acknowledged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "great" when he sought his help to allow the sale of the anti-malaria drug to treat the growing…

Impact of the Data Protection Bill on fintech sector and aligning financial laws with it

Home » Digital Payments, Fintech, PDP Bill 2019 Views, Personal Data Protection Bill, Personal Data Protection Bill 2019, RBI, Reserve Bank of India, Views As the Joint Parliamentary Committee considers the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, MediaNama will publish a series of articles from legal experts focussing on the key aspects of the Bill and…

Surprise iPhone Leak Reveals Powerful New Interface

Hiding inside the latest iOS code are the hooks for an updated interface. It looks like Apple is set to succumb to pressure and port one of Android’s beloved features into the iPhone in time for the September launch of the iPhone 12 family.  A recent screenshot of iOS 14 in operation has been posted,…