A new report today suggests that 2019’s flagship Samsung Galaxy handset – likely to be called the Samsung Galaxy S10 – could come with a triple-camera setup at the rear. The first smartphone to feature such a setup is the Huawei P20 Pro, which was launched recently at Rs 64,999 in India. The effective application of a triple-camera setup on a current smartphone could spark a trend in the industry that may also see Apple debut a smartphone with a triple-camera setup this year.
The report comes by The Investor, which cites a local analyst who believes that the next Samsung device could feature such a triple-camera setup. While the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are significant steps up from the previous generations, the improvements come primarily under the hood and there are no significant changes in the feature set or design. The Samsung Galaxy S10 could bring big changes and Samsung looks to remain on top of its game as the market grows increasingly competitive.
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The next Apple iPhone, tentatively and unofficially dubbed the Apple iPhone X Plus (second generation), is rumored to be coming with a triple-camera setup as well. The Huawei P20 Pro uses its triple-camera setup to offer multiple benefits that include depth-effect for portrait shots, up to 3X lossless zoom and true-monochrome capture, which enhances low-light photography. While the Apple iPhone X, Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S9+ already offer portrait mode and up to 2X lossless zoom, a third sensor could enable additional functionality. What that functionality will be is unclear for now, though.
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Depending on how Samsung and Apple approach it, it could either be a wide-angle lens similar to what LG implements on its phones, or a monochrome sensor that aids with low-light photography. It could also be used to increase the level of lossless zoom to 3X or more. For the time being though, the number of camera sensors on the phone seems like a numbers and marketing game, just as the megapixel and chipset core numbers were factors in the past.
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