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Samsung's budget smartphones will now use selfies to adjust display brightness

Samsung thinks selfie camera replace the ambient light sensor on a smartphone.

  • Published: November 19, 2018 4:55 PM IST
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Samsung is bringing one feature to its budget smartphones that has been missing for several years now. There is a number of difference between a budget smartphone and a premium smartphone, and companies tend to undercut the price with number of compromises in various areas. Most of the time, these price differences can be seen in areas like display and camera, but Samsung also ditches ambient light sensor on its budget devices.

An ambient sensor serves one of the most important role of adjusting the screen brightness depending on the ambient light conditions. It is not an area where smartphone makers tend to cut corners, but Samsung does so on its budget smartphone segment. Now, the Korean giant has turned to an alternate method to compensate for the loss of such a sensor.

Samsung’s budget smartphone lineup have missed out on ambient sensor for nearly eight years now, and the company is not planning to add one anytime soon. Instead, it deems it fit to take selfies in order to adjust brightness of the display. The feature has reportedly appeared first on Galaxy J8, which recently received a software update.

Interestingly, this new feature does not appear in the change log of the update but auto-brightness is now definitely a thing on Samsung’s budget devices. Along with this new feature, Samsung is also adding support for functions like AR Emoji and Dual VoLTE to the Galaxy J8.

When Galaxy J8 users enable auto-brightness on their smartphone, the front will “take a picture each time your unlock your phone.” These selfies are not saved to the local camera roll of your device, and instead the device will use the lighting conditions detected in the picture to adjust screen brightness.

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Samsung also plans to use machine learning where selfies are analyzed and learnt over time and auto-brightness will get better over time. It is not possible to comment on how well this feature will work, but it shows one very interesting use case for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Smartphone makers have been touting the use of AI on mobile device for sometime now, but there has not been meaningful implementation. With this feature, Samsung could explore methods to bring hardware features to software going forward. However, it is likely that this implementation will not be as accurate as that of devices with ambient sensor and could also affect battery life. Samsung is expected to be extend the feature to other Galaxy J-series devices, including Galaxy J4 and Galaxy J6, in the coming months.

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  • Published Date: November 19, 2018 4:55 PM IST