With the Galaxy Note 9 behind us, the rumor mill and Samsung fans have shifted their focus to the next year’s Galaxy S10 flagship. We have already seen a bunch of rumors suggesting the device would feature an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, 5G support, and advanced facial recognition. Of course, multiple reports have also indicated that it would have triple cameras on the back. Now a reliable tipster has leaked all the details about the Galaxy S10 triple camera system.
Galaxy S10 triple camera system details leaked
Android vendors such as Huawei and LG Electronics have already launched phones with three lenses on the back. Samsung too joined the league a few weeks ago with the mid-range Galaxy A7, which features a 24-megapixel main lens with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The depth sensor allows users to take portrait photos with blurred backgrounds. On the front, the Galaxy A7 gets an impressive 24-megapixel lens with f/2.0 aperture.
So, will the Galaxy S10 triple camera system be similar to Galaxy A7? Yes, in part. Just like the A7, the Galaxy S10 triple camera system would consist of an ultra-wide angle lens, a main lens, and a telephoto lens for depth sensing. But it is expected to be far superior to A7. Twitter tipster @bang_gogo_ has revealed all the details of the S10 camera. According to SamMobile, the tipster has proved reliable many times in the past.
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As per the tweet, the S10 main camera will remain unchanged at 12MP with 1.4µm pixels and dual apertures of f/1.5 and f/2.4. It will have a 78-degree field of view. The telephoto lens will be 13MP with 1.0µm pixels and a fixed aperture of f/2.4. It would have a 45-degrees field of view. Both the lenses will have optical image stabilization. The telephoto lens appears similar to that of Galaxy S9 Plus, except that it has a slightly higher megapixel count.
The third sensor will be a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle one with f/1.9 aperture and 1.0µm pixel size. Since it’s an ultra-wide angle lens, it would have a 123-degree field of view. By comparison, the Huawei P20 Pro triple camera consists of a 20MP monochrome lens, a 40MP regular lens, and an 8MP telephoto sensor. Though the P20 Pro has great camera capabilities, remember that the megapixel count doesn’t reflect the true capabilities of a phone’s camera. Other factors such as image sensor, software and AI also play a big role.
The Twitter tipster’s leak corroborates with an earlier report from German site AllAboutSamsung. Citing reliable sources, the German publication said in July that the Galaxy S10 triple camera system would consist of a 12MP main lens with variable apertures, a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens, and a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor. The cameras will reportedly be aligned horizontally on the back. AllAboutSamsung added that the device would sport dual cameras on the front: a 12MP regular lens and a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens.
Three or four models of Galaxy S10?
Multiple reports have suggested that Samsung is preparing to launch three versions of Galaxy S10, and the triple camera will be exclusive to the most expensive model. The company is developing them under the code-name Beyond. One of the three models would have slightly watered down specs to cater to the mid-range segment. The other two would be the direct successors to Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
However, folks at XDA Developers recently discovered Galaxy S10 references in the Android 9.0 Pie firmware for the Galaxy S9 Plus. The firmware indicated that Samsung would launch not three but four different versions of Galaxy S10. The cheapest model would sport a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, a single rear camera, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The second model is said to be a successor to Galaxy S9 with a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display, an ultrasonic fingerprint reader, and dual cameras on the back. The third one would be a successor to Galaxy S9 Plus. It would sport a bigger 6.44-inch OLED screen, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, triple cameras on the back, and dual selfie cameras. The fourth model will reportedly be identical to Galaxy S10 Plus, but it will also offer 5G support.
All the four models are expected to run the next-gen Snapdragon 8150 or Exynos 9820 chips depending on the region. Both the chips will be manufactured using the 7nm manufacturing process, meaning they will be faster and more energy efficient than their respective predecessors. The RAM on the four models could vary depending on their pricing, but we expect the cheapest model to have at least 4GB RAM.
The Korean electronics giant is expected to announce all four Galaxy S10 variants at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2019.