Both Samsung and Apple will release two smartphones in the next year or so, and camera technology will play a big part in their portfolio. It is expected that Apple will release a successor to the iPhone 6 with an iPhone 6s branding before the year is out, following it up with a revolutionary iPhone 7 in 2016.
Meanwhile, Samsung will definitely release a sequel to the Galaxy Note 4 before the end of 2015, and the Galaxy S7 is also expected at some point as well. Recent reports have suggested that Samsung could decide to release this flagship smartphone before the end of this calendar year, but it will certainly arrive by Q2 of 2016.
As smartphones have become more technologically advanced, so it has become more important for handsets to deliver outstanding photographic capabilities. The time when cameras were merely a gimmick in the makeup of smartphones is a distant speck on the horizon, as today Samsung, Apple and the major competitors in the smartphone niche increasingly arm their devices with outstanding snappers.
So what can we expect from the cameras in the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7? Here ValueWalk examines the latest rumours about these four important smartphone releases.
Samsung is known for packing its devices with outstanding specifications, and thus the camera in the Galaxy S7 should be particularly impressive. The precise specs of the unit could depend on whether Samsung decides to release this device during 2015, or whether it instead opts to wait until 2016. Either way, it certainly should be a camera worth waiting for.
It has been reported by the International Business Times that this flagship smartphone from Samsung will be equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing unit when it is released. This transpired in a document that the publication translated. This is perhaps based on the assumption that the Galaxy S7 will hit the stores before the end of this calendar year, as other predictions elsewhere are significantly in excess of this.
One of the more eye-catching rumours related to the Galaxy S7 is that it will come complete with an incredible 30-megapixel camera when it is released in 2016. This would be an absolutely incredible achievement should Samsung manage to develop such a device, but it must be considered somewhat unlikely at the time of writing.
If we don’t see the Galaxy S7 in 2015, Samsung might decide to make improvements such as superior optical image stabilization and various software features. And the megapixel rating could be bumped up slightly beyond the 16-megapixels that we saw in the Galaxy S6 earlier this year.
Galaxy Note 5
Although the Galaxy Note 5 is not the flagship device of Samsung, it has been particularly praised in recent years for the quality of its overall package. Samsung has armed the Galaxy Note series with particularly impressive specifications, and the Galaxy Note 5 will be no exception to this rule.
It is already suggested that the Galaxy Note 5 may feature two rear cameras, and that this will enable 3-D features to be implemented, as well as a scarcely believable four flashes. A 21-megapixel rating has also been mentioned for a device that would certainly be a game changer if it comes to fruition.
Samsung is also reportedly intending to significantly improve the front-facing camera in the Galaxy Note 5 in order to ensure that it can produce particularly detailed selfies. The future of the Galaxy cameras certainly seems to be exciting based on the rumors emerging from East Asia.
It seems increasingly likely that Apple will release an updated version of the iPhone 6 in 2015, and that this will be dubbed the iPhone 6s. Ultimately, Apple is in an incredibly strong position financially at the moment, and there is absolutely no pressure to push the boat out and make any risky decisions regarding its device releases.
So the purported iPhone 6s will emerge in early Q4 of 2015, and will probably be fitted with a 12-megapixel camera. This has been suggested by perennial Apple follower, KGI Research’s Ming-Chi Kuo. This would still represent a 50 percent increase in megapixel rating over the iPhone 6, and thus would result in a significantly improve performance.
It has also been reported that Apple will devote a certain amount of attention to improving the low-light shooting abilities of the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 6 is considered adequate in this department, but it is typically an aspect of photography with which smartphones struggle. Should Apple be able to deliver something outstanding in this department with the iPhone 6s, it would certainly give the corporation an edge over its competitors.
Things get more interesting with the proposed iPhone 7. It is expected that this revolutionary smartphone will arrive somewhere between April and October 2016 depending on the schedule that Apple is able to put in place. Many analysts have suggested that the device will see the light of day as early as April, but it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Apple pushed the release date back in order to work on some of the more ambitious aspects of this smartphone.
Already there have been numerous interesting suggestions for the camera in the iPhone 7. It has been frequently reported that Apple is working on producing a dual-lens unit, and that it will introduce this when the iPhone 7 is released. Additionally, there have been suggestions that Apple will arm the iPhone 7 with a professional standard DSLR snapper. This would unquestionably be an extremely ambitious scheme if Apple is indeed intending to implement such a device, and would thrust the iPhone 7 to the forefront of smartphone camera technology.
Apple has also been linked with a unique periscope design for the iPhone 7 camera, and it seems clear based on the general buzz coming from Apple’s supply chain that the iPhone 7 snapper will be truly outstanding when it finally arrives.