The Samsung Galaxy Note 8
will almost certainly come with a dual-camera setup, according to the latest report from South Korea. Speaking to The Korea Herald
, Daishin Securities analyst Park Kang-ho predicted that a camera overhaul is all but "inevitable" for Samsung's next high-end phone:
Although Samsung did not officially announce the adoption of dual cameras (for the Galaxy S8), it is inevitable to feature the cameras, which stole the spotlight during this year’s Mobile World Congress.
As you may know, it was heavily rumored that the Galaxy S8
would be the first Samsung phones to come with a pair of sensors at the back, but the tech giant reportedly scrapped the idea in the last minute, perhaps due to rising costs or production issues.
Most of the above complications will probably be resolved by the time Sammie starts manufacturing the Note 8, and some industry watchers are even making predictions for the capabilities of the cameras. A 12 MP sensor with a wide-angle lens will work in tandem with a 13 MP/telephoto lens combo, with the latter reportedly sporting 3X optical zoom as well.
All of this may sound great, but some people will undoubtedly wonder why the Seoul-based manufacturer is supposedly so eager to jump on the dual-camera bandwagon. Apparently,
Samsung Electro-Mechanics, one of the chaebol’s own subsidiaries, made a surprising recovery after the Note 7
recall by selling dual-camera modules to Chinese handset makers Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.
Statistics show that the best-selling premium smartphones in China during Q1 2017 were, in fact, dual-camera phones, including the iPhone 7
, Huawei's Mate 9
, Mate 9 Pro
, and Vivo’s Xplay 6
All of this signalizes that the feature is in demand. The Tokyo-based Techno Systems Research estimates that by 2020, the proportion of dual-camera phones will rise to 34% (or 600 million units shipped) of the global smartphone market, which is a massive increase compared to the current 5% share held by these devices.