Expect more dual camera smartphones now that Qualcomm's new Clear Sight technology is available

Quallcomm debuted a new platform for smartphone manufacturers wishing to implement a dual camera setup in their products. The system is called Clear Sight and it requires a Snapdragon 820 or 821 processor in the device. Qualcomm designed it to make dual cameras easier to integrate without requiring specialized development. Clear Sight uses the second camera to enhance image quality by pairing a color sensor with a monochromatic one that's able to capture richer detail. The output from the pair of sensors is combined into a theoretically sharper photo.

With smartphones like the Huawei P9, Honor 8, and LG V20 on the scene, Apple introducing dual camera technology (albeit a much different one) in the iPhone 7 Plus, and Samsung rumored to be at work on its own dual camera module for the upcoming Galaxy S8, it's clear that the smartphone industry's interest in duo cam solutions can only escalate from now on. Qualcomm is taking advantage of that and going with the times, supplying its clients with an off-the-shelf platform for incorporating duo cameras.

via The Verge



1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I expect one OEM to go all crazy and make a tri-camera phone - wide, normal, telescopic. LOL

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Dual camera trend is booming after Apple does it, not surprised

3. Fona13A unregistered

...and after few others had already been there?

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it booming after HTC does it :v

13. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

Apple just copied from android again.. so not wonder and Isheep said innovation!

4. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

The P8 has 1 camera, the P9 has 2. Luis D.

5. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Please, now lets not get this topic started again!!

7. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Is the Pixel XL rumored to have dual cameras? Can't remember

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Latest rumors are single camera, the IMX378 sensor with OIS (the 6P and HTC 10 have the IMX377)

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm all for better photos, but I'm more interested in augmented reality possibilities. Any word if this particular camera setup would be functional with Google's Tango?

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7212; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That would be really cool. However a Tango camera setup requires a depth sensing camera, IR camera, and regular camera. Well that was the camera setup in Google's Project Tango K1 tablet setup. I also believe that is the same camera setup for the Lenovo Phab 2 pro as well. It would be nice if the Pixel XL came as a Tango supported device right out of the box.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree, that would be incredibly awesome. And I feel that Google should do that, it's their brand, they should be showcasing their software with it. But I unfortunately doubt that it'll be a Tango phone, unless that glass back is hiding all the optical sensors you say are required.

11. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

The P9 needs this most.

14. cgprats

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

Remember when everyone hated dual cameras, since they were used for 3d pictures. At least now they have a use the consumer cares about.

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