Galaxy S8 may come with a single camera, as Samsung has allegedly shelved the dual-lens plans

Galaxy S8 may come with a single camera, as Samsung has allegedly shelved the dual-lens plans
Rumors that both Apple and Samsung are testing dual camera systems for use in their phones have already materialized, at least partially, with the announcement of the iPhone 7 Plus. Samsung, on the other hand, has allegedly been hard at work to showcase a dual camera setup as soon as the Galaxy S8 hits the tape in the spring. Its setup was said to be one 12 MP camera of Samsung's own making, and a yet-unnamed Sony module with 13 MP resolution.

Today, however, a Weibo tipster with a decent track record claims that Samsung has shelved the dual camera idea, and will release the Galaxy S8 with a single camera lens. It remains to be seen what camera combo we are to be graced with when Samsung launches the S8, but if the dual setup has been in play and then subsequently put on the backburner, one can't help but wonder what would be the reason. 

Samsung might have made a cost-benefit analysis, and sniffed at the added value of two camera lenses compared to what is already a great camera used on its flagship series. It might also have determined that a dual combo with the desired quality will be complicated to make en masse and on time. The source also doesn't specify if the dual-lens plans have been ditched for both the eventual smaller and larger models of the S8. In any case, we remain curious as to what camera enhancements would finally end up in the S8, dual setup or not.

source: IceUniverse (Weibo) via MySmartPrice

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39 Comments

1. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

YES because dual camera is a gimmick and is ugly.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7457; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Of course it is....when Sammy doesn't use it :).

16. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have never wanted Sammy to use it. Not only are they a gimmick they are butt ugly looking. They are ugly on all phones. JMO I know

19. kiko007

Posts: 7457; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh it's ugly on most phones. The Honor 8 is the only exception to that right now.....and the One M8 wasn't an ugly setup either. However, Samsung likes square shaped lenses and such.....so it would have been pretty awful looking. Regarding your second point, I don't find it to be a gimmick as much as less than useful right now. I'm no photography nerd, but my 7+ Plus doesn't exactly blow away my 6S Plus in photos. However, other companies, like Huawei, have shown that Duo sensors can be awesome. It's all about implementation in my opinion.

23. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Look, like I said JMO I do not like any dual camera setups. You do, that's great you do. My post wasn't meant to start a argument I was just saying I don't like them and hope Samsung doesn't put them on their phones. I agree with you, I think they would be really ugly.

28. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I agree with you on the M8. That dual came setup looked very appealing. I think the Mate has a gorgeous looking dual cam as well. Not a fan of the Honor 8's setup.

21. maherk

Posts: 6673; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Funny how this is coming from an Apple fan, because usually, it's the other way around with you guys.

26. shaineql

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I will be actualy quite happy if this turns out to be true ,but honestly , nobudy has yet came up with non gimmick dual camera setup. Yeah iphone stands out as it can be used for some extra zoom, but thats about it.

27. maherk

Posts: 6673; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Actually I don't find the one on the G5 to be gimmicky, I can think of many cases where the wide angle camera can come in handy in. I used the Honor 8 for a week, and I swear I covered the monochrome sensor and tried taking bunch of pictures with it covered and uncovered, and there was ZERO difference in the pictures. And to make matters worse, Huawei removed the monochrome mode from the Honor 8 because it doesn't have the Leica branding.

29. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The way that the Honor 8 is SUPPOSED to use that dual system is the way it should be done. Apple's implementation is also acceptable, I think. Just using it for depth info is a waste. Having multiple cameras capture multiple exposures at once is also helpful, and could be used to mimic the depth and breadth that compound eyes are capable of capturing.

3. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I have to agree, my iPhone 7 Plus does nothing special with the dual lens setup, in fact it can't do anything better than my Galaxy S7.

15. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Another thing , see all youtube test iphone 2x optical zoom = s7 digital zoom

12. dnomadic

Posts: 371; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I wouldn't say gimmick. I have had the Honor 8 and the pictures are extremely sharp and have great contrast due to the dual lens setup. That being said I don't like Apple's implementation. It would be nice if two lenses are utilized with both lenses having the same quality. Another great implementation would be what honor/Huawei/others have done.. one focal length with each image combined to creat high dynamic range photos with accurate colors, with great contrast, and depth.

14. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

how could you sure honors pic are better due to the dual lens setup??? Pixel and S7 still take better pics than all dual lens out there. Dual lens is still a gimmick until someone comes with killer camera

33. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Those rumors were fake at first place. How could Samsung 'shelved plans' that didn't have?LOL The task of such fake rumors are, to show that Apple invented(copy) a camera ''magic'' on the iPhone, that is irresistible. lol Like the Force Touch BS, ''copy'' rumor. (GS7 and Note7 didn't and that's great) Or the rumor about ''copy'' the 'kick out the audio jack' magic .

34. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The Huawei phones with Leica branding are quite good for photography and the dual setup doesn't really mar the looks IMO.

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Good. I hate the look of dual cameras.

17. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

100% agree

5. strikerchooooo unregistered

Hear me out: Samsonite, pardon Samesunk will use the single camera setup for their smaller phone and the dual for the bigger one. And that has NOTHING to do with Apple's iPhone camera decisions! I repeat, nothing! :)))

6. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Good. A sign that they're even more focused on the important specs and features.

7. ADITYA1994

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I hate to see dual camera but dual lens ? Ya I just love it keep it Samsung

35. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

*Dual pixel autofocus

8. macawmatt

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Or they could roll it out in the Note later in the year. Give the Note fans something "special" since they didn't honestly do a lot different hardware wise with this year's Note.

18. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Oh I hope that you are wrong. Please don't put ugly dual camera setup on the note 8.

9. talon95

Posts: 980; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

If it does nothing more than the iP7P then dropping it is a good call. Don't waste money on nothing. Put it toward features we actually care about. If on the other hand one sensor was luminance and the other RGB and provided super resolution, then it would take awesome to a new level.

10. aegislash

Posts: 1434; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Well I am glad, because Samsung's camera setup would look terrible as a dual camera. Looking at the back of my S7 Edge now, the square around the camera is rather large, so extending it horizontally to fit another camera would most likely look worse than LG's dual camera setup on the G5/V20. (Like the mockup image above, it just looks unnecessarily huge) If Samsung does in fact go with a dual camera, I just hope the designers have the right frame of mind to trim down the black area around the camera.

11. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

they have kicked the can down the road with the note 7 epic failure...still no answers...

13. willywanta

Posts: 497; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Focus on touchwiz. Polish it, please.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The selective focus feature on my Edge, works better than than the telephoto lens on the iPhone, cause it works in low light and bright light. The iPhones only works in bright/ slash well lit situations.

22. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

What about the battery?

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