The revolution is postponed. Samsung Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30 turns out to be a minor upgrade. Smartphones are likely to be similar to S20.5, S20s, or S20T.
Samsung Electronics has just introduced the Galaxy Note20 series of smartphones. Meanwhile, information about the next flagship novelties began to appear on the network – the Samsung Galaxy S21 or S30 series, which will debut in early 2021.
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Also, Samsung’s impermanence. Galaxy S21 smartphones will not have ToF cameras. Although the Galaxy S20 has them.
Before the release of the Samsung Galaxy S20 line, it was repeatedly said on the network that the company was going to actively use ToF cameras in its flagship, and not only, smartphones.
Time-of-flight cameras are indeed common these days, although it’s hard to say if they have any effect on the quality of photos. Quite possibly not, because now sources claim that the Korean giant will not use such a camera at all in the Galaxy S21 line. By the way, an indirect confirmation of this is the fact that Note20 smartphones just do not have ToF cameras.
The reason for this decision by Samsung, according to the source, is precise that the ToF cameras that the company can use are not effective enough. In addition, they are worse than the lidars in the iPad Pro and upcoming iPhones, because the former uses an indirect method for determining the distance to an object, and the lidars use a direct method.
The source says that Samsung cannot use solutions like those of Apple, because the latter signed an exclusive contract with Sony, and no one else supposedly produces such sensors, but this information looks controversial.
However, Samsung is already working on its own image sensor of this type so as not to depend on third-party manufacturers.
According to a Chinese source, the Galaxy S21 will not be revolutionary and will not bring significant improvements over the S20. Smartphones are more likely to be similar to the S20.5, S20s, or S20T, rather than a fundamentally new generation of flagships.