Samsung isn’t expected to release the Galaxy S5 until next year, but already there are rumors about it. The device could be the first one made by Samsung to offer better optical image stabilization.

Samsung Galaxy S5

What about the Galaxy Note 3?

Previously the Galaxy Note 3 was rumored to be the first one to feature the technology. However, it likely won’t be ready for inclusion on the Note 3, which is expected to debut Sept. 4, just before the IFA conference in Berlin. According to this latest report from SamMobile (via CNET), Samsung has been unable to get enough of the high-tech sensors which have optical image stabilization.

As such, the company has apparently decided to hold off on offering the feature until the Galaxy S5 comes out, which could be out early next year, if this year’s timing for the Galaxy S4 is any indication of next year’s timing.

Samsung to bring better camera sensor to Galaxy S5

According to the report, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) could include a 16-megapixel camera in its Galaxy S5 (or whatever the handset ends up being called). It is also expected to have that better camera sensor with the anti-shake technology known as optical image stabilization. By the time the next Galaxy model comes out, supply of the sensors should not be a problem.

Samsung playing catch-up in smartphone cameras

The technology is currently offered on Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is a hybrid smartphone / camera. However, if the company is going to compete with competitors like Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) and HTC Corp (TPE:2498), then it will have to bring the technology into its standard smartphone line, just like they did.

Nokia in particular has been taking the camera competition seriously with its smartphones. It launched the Lumia 1020 last month, which features a 41-megapixel camera along with the optical image stabilization technology.