Samsung Electronics plans to put in two telephoto cameras on the top model of the Galaxy S21 smartphones series launching next year, TheElec has learned.
The additional telephoto camera will be replacing 3D Time of Flight (ToF) module.
In total, Galaxy S21’s top tier model with have four cameras on its back.
They will be a 12MP ultrawide, 108MP wide-angle, 10MP 3x optical zoom telephoto and a folded zoom telephoto. The folded zoom telephoto camera will support over 5x zoom.
The front camera will be 40MP.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra launched earlier this year had ToF module. Besides the folded zoom telephoto camera, the specs for the remaining three cameras are same in terms of pixels as the top model of the Galaxy S21 series.
Samsung removed ToF on the Galaxy Note 20 series launched last month as well. This was due to low usability and the module lacking behind that of Apple’s.
Having two telephoto cameras on the back will allow larger areas to be zoomed in without hurting the picture’s resolution. Unlike when there was one telepohoto, the areas between 3x and 5x will actually magnify the real object.
Galaxy S20 Ultra switched to digital when users controlled the focal length at zooms under 5x.
Huawei’s P40 Pro Plus launched earlier this year had 3x optical zoom and 10x folded zoom. This phone had ToF module and a five camera set-up
The other two models in the Galaxy S21 series will have the same camera specs. They are near same as the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus models minus the ToF. However, optical image stabilization (OIS) will be added to some of the camera modules for the S21 series.
Samsung has also recently changed the code name for the Galaxy S21 from Unbound to Palette. The top model of the Galaxy S21 will also have the S Pen.
Galaxy S20 series is expected to sell some 20 million units this year, much lower than the 30 million units on average of prior S series.