Galaxy S8 tipped to come with 12+13 MP dual camera, new selfie sensor, and iris scanner

Galaxy S8 tipped to come with 12+13 MP dual camera, new selfie sensor, and iris scanner
Remember those tips that Apple and Samsung are hard at work testing dual camera systems for their future phones? Well, Apple will most likely bring this idea to fruition in the iPhone 7 Plus that is about to be unveiled as soon as next week, while Samsung's dual camera effort has been up in the air until now.

No more, though, as a Weibo tipster with a good track record is claiming that Samsung will be employing a dual camera setup for the Galaxy S8 that is about to be unveiled in the spring, if history is any indication. The precise combo is said to be one 12 MP camera of Samsung's own making, likely similar to the one we have now on the S7, and a yet-unnamed Sony module with 13 MP resolution. This 12 MP + 13 MP set will likely allow for different depth of field focusing and low-light soaking shenanigans, as all dual camera setups are promising. 

The front selfie shooter is also rumored to get an upgrade in the form of an 8 MP sensor (against 5 MP in the S7), and, of course, the iris-scanning cam from the Note 7 is apparently making its way to the Galaxy S8 as well. You didn't think that Apple will out a dual-camera phone, and Samsung will want to be left behind now, did you? We have been getting mixed results from such combos in our camera tests, but can't wait to see how the two largest phone makers will be eventually employing the dual-camera trend in their upcoming flagships.


source: I Ice Universe (Weibo)

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44 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Why can't Samsung copy the good parts of Apple's products instead of the gimmicks?

2. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

In reality Apple copied Huawei, LG, htc and now Samsung is following the trend.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

True, but until Apple decided to get on that they apparently didn't care enough. This is them copying Apple not who Apple copied.

9. willard12 unregistered

But, no one said anything about Apple copying anyone when they did it. It's dual camera. It was always coming next year or the year after whether Apple did it or not.

45. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And, the same people will have nothing to say next year when the iPhone appears with a curved AMOLED display. It's a pattern.

26. iushnt

Posts: 3139; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

See post 10

12. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Why everybody copies huawei with dual camera... :)

15. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

No HUAWEI, just jumps the gun. When they hear the rumors, they just built quick, to say they were first. Just like Moto did with the headphone jacks, to make it appear as if Apple took their idea. Besides, all thes Chinese manufactures have their spies in place, so they pretty much know in advanced was coming down.

19. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

I think not because honor 6 plus released in 2014 and nobody actualy made phone with dual cam yet so no.. What they only quickly released mate s with some gimmick display pressure that nobody uses it anyway

25. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

One of the most retarded comment I've ever read.

42. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The removal of 3.5mm jack isn't a trend set by Apple. Nokia N75 and Oppo R5 did not feature the 3.5mm jack!

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*cough* HTC *cough*

21. techlover2017

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

The topic of copying is over in smartphone industry. Now, its about who implement it better ?

3. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

If you refer to the dual camera then Samsung didn't copy it from Apple, Apple doesn't even have a dual camera yet. And it's not a gimmick I happen to have a LG G5 and it's wide angle camera is awesome when you want to take a close picture with many objects or the entire group with the scenery. Dual camera is not a gimmick.

7. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I think might be like on Huawei P9 and P9 takes best pictures. But fall short in video recording.

8. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Hopefully Samsung got a better chipset and sensor for recording video!

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

this two camera combo Shena' doesn't really strike... Oems just need to be more counter-creative with one camera set-up and go the DSLR way.. otherwise just a matter of time we see entry of three or four camera setups Esp from the crazy Chinese Oems..

55. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lenovo already has that for project Tango, perhaps Samsung would implement this setup similarly.

10. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

No, they have stopped rushing every stuff before features can be really tested well. See Samsung Pay, came after Apple & Goole but is a complete solution than the other. I am able to use it at more places than Android Pay or Apple Pay(coz no MST). Same with iris, they have now started linking it with authentication. The dual lens system of Samsung is in testing from a few years, so when it comes out, it will be among best.

11. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Dual Cameras on their own are not gimmicks, but hardware features. The ways companies use them are either innovative or gimmicky. For example, the HTC One m8 dual camera is gimmicky. The LG G5 dual camera is innovative.

13. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

U full of crap

33. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Lg haters trolling

44. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

First of all You are* not U. Second, explain

48. PLAYER_SLAYER

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Innovative my ass. What is so amazing about a wide angle lense? Does it make anything easier? Does it help make pictures look Better? No, it doesn't. It's just cramming half a panorama into one picture. If they used their second camera like Huawei does, then they may have sold some phones. The G5 is just a pile of half-baked gimmicks.

54. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Innovation is making change in something established. The wide angle camera does make lots of things better when taking a picture. Instead of walking backwards and losing detail or focus on subject, you can just go into the wide angle lense and retain the quality and focus. You can see a huge difference in pictures too.http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-G5-wide-angle-camera-Practical-or-not_id79451 Personally I think there camera is fine. It is just other aspects of the phone that caused it not to sell.

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Why does everyone always call new features and stuff gimmicks, it's 2016 and gimmicks are so 2010-2014.

23. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Haven't Samsung been selling dual camera modules to Chinese OEMs? It was in the news in june

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Like what? Does Apple have the best display, camera, water-proofing, USB Type-C, Iris Scanner, multi-window, customization UI, expansible storage, unique design language and more? Nope! So what exactly should Samsung be copying. Here is what I noticed. The sales of the S increased, after the S became less like the iPhone and took on its own distinct characteristics. I would prefer Samsung copy NOTHING from Apple. They are doing great right now. Being like apple will drag them down.

36. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Will thry finally use britecell?

6. shield

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

lol, S7 Dual camera and nothing, N7 Dual camera and nothing. LG un-stuck manufacturer to also produce dual camera. HTC is it wrong but LG Yes.

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