Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 are two of the most anticipated phones this 2017, especially the latter thanks to its predecessor’s early demise.
When Samsung Galaxy Note 7 died, it was thought that Samsung will rush in and make an early launch for the Galaxy S8. But this was quickly rubbished when the company confirmed that there will be a Galaxy Note 8 coming this year, contrary to reports that the Note series was being discontinued. Now that there is close to zero doubts regarding the launch of the Galaxy Note 8, a lot has been coming in with respect to the possible specs and features of not just this Note 8 flagship, but also the soon-to-be launched Galaxy S8.
There have been talks of a complete change in design language, with a curved dual-edge screen set to the standard for all Samsung Galaxy S8 models as well as the Galaxy Note 8. This is far from being confirmed by Samsung, but more details should be known in the coming weeks. One feature that has become an integral part of smartphones is photography. We’ve seen how important this has become thanks to the overwhelming number of midrange and flagship handsets that have gone the dual-lens camera way.
While Samsung remained rigid in 2016, it appears that 2017 is going to witness changes to the cameras of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, or at least the latter. In a new patent application, Samsung has filed for trademarks regarding what are to be its ideas regarding dual-lens cameras in smartphones. Apparently, the company will employ a horizontal design similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. Furthermore, the patent shows that the wide angle lens will come with a telephoto lens that can track an object within the camera’s field of view. As for the other lens, it will only tasked with considerably magnifying the optical image.
It is hard to tell whether this dual-lens camera setup will appear on Samsung Galaxy S8, but it is possible with the Galaxy Note 8, which should be launched in the second half of this year. On the other hand, Samsung might use this dual-lens camera feature to separate the two Galaxy S8 variants expected this year since they will have the same design language, something similar to what Apple did with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Keep in mind that this is not the first time Samsung has filed for a patent and not always do the patented products end up materializing.
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