Galaxy Note 10 will come with time-of-flight cameras, lens maker confirms

Galaxy Note 10 will come with time-of-flight cameras, lens maker confirms
Remember the enigmatic "better spatial perception" in the first leaks explaining what a fourth rear sensor will bring to the hexa-camera Galaxy S10 5G? Samsung, it turns out, has been developing time-of-flight (ToF) camera sensors to go into its smartphones this year, using the S10 5G for a cameo. 

The tech is different than the 3D structured light face-reading kits on the front of phones like the iPhone XS, and there are already other phones on the market with a ToF sensor like the LG G8 or P30 Pro. What does a 3D-sensing ToF camera do at the back? 

It offers deeper facial recognition and helps with gesture navigation in the case of the G8, and can create better bokeh in portrait mode. It can even be used for augmented reality (AR) experiences, like trying on new clothes in the virtual domain, or even in placing virtual IKEA furniture around the house in real time, as its scanning abilities reach much further than the structured light that Apple uses for Face ID.

Samsung is apparently betting big on ToF technology for its future phones, and plans to bring it downmarket to the A-series as well. First stop after the Galaxy S10 5G, though, will be the Note 10 that is about to be announced on August 7. This one is rumored to come with not one, but two ToF sensors - one on the back and one at the front - and Samsung will obviously need much more sensor and lens supply for said time-of-flight onslaught. 

In a timely claim, Korean media is reporting that the local lens-makers from Kolen are building new facilities in Vietnam, near the factories that make the Galaxy S and Note lines and those will start off with ToF camera making directly after their inauguration. A Kolen representative quelled all doubts where the mass time-of-flight sensor production will be going by issuing the following statement:


There you have it, if you had any suspicion that the camera on the Note 10 won't be at least as good as the one on the current top-of-the-line Galaxy S10 5G from Samsung, that needs to be put to rest.

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Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB

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4 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7030; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not only Samsung, but any and all OEMs are looking to use ToF cameras. Plus it's not only good for AR, but for mapping out any objects within the cameras view. So it can be used for generating a 3D point map used in 3D printing. Plus it can be used for VR apps as well.

2. Clars123

Posts: 1076; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

So the question is.. where on the front of the alleged Note10 renders is the ToF sensor? after seeing an S10 5g in person the combined array is pretty wide and the Note10 has a single punch hole as far as we've seen.

3. SugitPupillam

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 25, 2019

6.3" screen?

4. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

All most here, the king of all phones. Bring it Samsung, my money is waiting.

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