Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra flagship smartphone for the first half of 2020 is equipped with a 108-megapixel main sensor, but there have been recent rumours that the 2021 Galaxy S-Series flagship is expected to be upgraded further to 150 million pixels. SamMobile quoted a source at the South Korean technology forum Clien.net as saying Samsung was testing the camera specifications of the Galaxy S21 (or Galaxy S30) series of smart machines.
As for the flagship Galaxy Note 20 Series in the second half of 2020, it is likely to maintain the same camera mix as the Galaxy S20 Series in the first half. However, ultra-high pixels are not entirely a good thing.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra, for example, has potential problems such as autofocus blur, and the good news is that Samsung is trying to fix it with a firmware update, and that the all-in-one lens glass of the rear model group may have suffered an unexplained rupture.
In addition to the 150-megapixel master, Samsung is rumored to be testing 64MP telephoto plus 16MP wide-angle, 3D ToF, and even 12MP macro sensors (currently only available on entry-level Galaxy A-Series devices).
The South Korean tech giant is said to be testing different combinations of lens functions for the Galaxy S21, also known as the Galaxy S30, such as the main, telephoto and self-portrait cameras equipped with optical stabilization (OIS), or for main, telephoto and ultra-wide-angle lenses.
Obviously, Samsung wants to know if consumers like to take an optical anti-shake feature when using a selfie or ultra-wide-angle lens. However, the Galaxy S21 (or “Galaxy S30”) may not be the first model with a 150-megapixel master.
Rumours that Xiaomi will launch a new 150-megapixel sensor using Samsung’s same 150-megapixel sensor by the fourth quarter of 2020 remain to be seen.