While many manufacturers are keen to install as many camera sensors as possible in their smartphones, Samsung has taken a different path in the case of the base Galaxy S21 and S21 +, ditching useless dummy cameras.
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The network has information about the rather strange plans of Samsung. According to the Korean news agency Etnews, the main camera of the Samsung Galaxy S22 is unlikely to have a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor, which is used to accurately determine the distance to objects and helps to effectively blur the background in images.
The Galaxy S10 5G, Note10 +, and S20 used this technology, but it has been dropped from the Note20 and S21 and does not look like it will make a return to the Galaxy S22. An insider familiar with the matter said that consumer response to cameras without a ToF module had been good, and so the company decided not to equip the Galaxy S22 with it.
According to industry representatives, “the consumer response to the abandonment of ToF cameras has been positive, and therefore we decided not to add it to the next product,” which, presumably, will be the Galaxy S22 series.
At the same time, the other day it became known that the company may also refuse to participate in the race of camera resolutions, transferring future flagships to more advanced sensors in terms of quality, and not the number of megapixels. We will be able to get acquainted with the results of a new approach to the camera system next winter.
Interestingly, in turn, analysts predict the return of the sensor in the future. They associate it with the widespread adoption of AR after the appearance of the first separate devices for this technology from Apple and Huawei.
Samsung thinks its phones don’t need a ToF module yet. Analysts believe that this sensor may return in the future when new augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) applications appear. Samsung has pioneered ToF technology in its phones to keep up with Apple and Huawei.
Last year, South Korean company Samsung unveiled a new 3D sensor for a Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera dubbed the Samsung ISOCELL Vizion 3D. It allows you to get accurate distance data and track fast-moving subjects for fast autofocus and background blur in movies. At the moment, the company allegedly plans to sell it to Chinese smartphone makers.