The Galaxy S11's 108MP camera may support 8K video and loads more

The Galaxy S11's 108MP camera may support 8K video and loads more
Nothing major is expected from the Galaxy S11 in the design department but rumors do suggest Samsung is planning several internal hardware upgrades. One particular focus should be the cameras, which are the subject of today’s leak.

A 108-megapixel main camera that supports 8K video at 30fps


An APK teardown conducted by XDA Developers of the One UI 2.0 beta 4 Samsung Camera app has revealed several references to new hardware and software features that could make their way into the Galaxy S11. One of these is the ability to record 8K video at 30fps, a significant jump over the 4K video at 60/30fps that’s supported by the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10.

This new recording standard is supported by the recently announced Exynos 990, which is expected to power the international Galaxy S11 models, and should be compatible with the upcoming Snapdragon 865, which will be used inside the US versions. But as XDA points out, it requires a main camera that’s capable of capturing 33 megapixels. 

Therefore, if Samsung wants to support the feature, it’ll need to ditch its favorite 12-megapixel main camera after four years and eight flagship lineups in favor of a higher resolution one. A concrete reference to the sensor Samsung is preparing wasn’t found but earlier rumors have mentioned a 108-megapixel camera.

Lots of other camera modes are being prepared


In addition to the upgraded video recording, Samsung is working on a bunch of other camera features that’ll improve the experience. The most intriguing one is perhaps a new mode called ‘Single Take Photo’ which allows users to ‘Start shooting to capture the scene in a series of pictures and short videos.’

In other words, you’ll be able to pan around for 15 seconds and the phone will automatically capture several photos and videos of it all, meaning you won’t have to worry about shooting from the perfect angle. The app will tell you to slow down if you’re moving too fast and, once the process is completed, you’ll be able to view everything in the Gallery app as per usual. 

Another feature that could prove beneficial to some is one called ‘Director’s View.’ It lets users lock focus on the subject and ‘select who’s in the close up.’ Samsung might further enhance the feature by enabling video recording through multiple cameras simultaneously. 

While on the topic of video, it’s worth mentioning Samsung’s plans for a ‘Night Hyperlapse’ mode which presumably integrates Night Mode into the standard Hyperlapse mode. Additionally, the South Korean giant is working on a feature that’ll enable vertical panoramas. 

Last, but certainly not least, is custom filters. The APK teardown indicates a new feature that’ll allow users to copy the saturation, brightness, and exposure of photos as a custom filter and paste it onto other photos is in the works.

Premium specs will accompany everything


Some of the features mentioned above could still be killed off before release, but the ones that are released will join a range of flagship specifications if they’re compatible with the Galaxy S11. According to rumors, the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 will be paired with a minimum of 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage inside the Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+. Buyers of the cheaper Galaxy S11e, on the other hand, will probably benefit from 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as standard.

All three smartphones are expected to feature curved-edge Infinity-O displays that boast punch holes in the center. A 6.9-inch display is reportedly planned for the Plus-branded variant while the cheapest version should feature a 6.2-inch panel. The standard Galaxy S11, on the other hand, looks set to use a 6.7-inch display.

Everything mentioned above will be accompanied by Android 10 and One UI 2.1 straight out of the box and support for fast charging. Rumors suggest a 4,000mAh battery will make its way inside the Galaxy S11e while the Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+ may benefit from 4,300mAh and 4,800mAh cells respectively.

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23 Comments

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Anytime Samsung changes their features on the S series phone they have inside intel that Apple is making a huge change with their camera system for 2020.

5. IT-Engineer

Posts: 577; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

And you know how?

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7573; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well of course Apple is making huge changes, and it always comes after they see what Samsung comes up with.

2. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

First like anyone else following this stupid pixel war again ( yes, I know it's pixel binning involved but mostly this sensors are advertised as capable of 108MP shooters) . should sort out and excel in what is already available. We all know Samsung photography kind of being stagnant in the last several years, playing catch up. What Pixel and Apple did with 2-3 lenses are most impressive. It's not the quantity but quality that matters.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7573; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What a liar. The one company that is stagnant is Apple, and they continue to play catch up. The S10 earlier this year had 3 cameras, the same cameras as the ones, that came out much later on Apples iPhone 11's.

16. vgking9699

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Yet the iPhones look and work better lol

3. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Well done Sammy you really upping the game with the 8k video recording and all these new modes. People will complain but you will definetly be seeing half these modes on other OEM's soon. The S11 series will definetly be a powerhouse ;) Facts

8. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

For a long time, Android phones could only record 5mins of 4K video, so 8K will be limited to one minute before the processor goes bust. The amount of processing power required will be massive. This is not even talking about ram & storage. But who cares, as long as Samsung gets to be 1st, no end user satisfaction required.

12. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I hope this is sarcasm.

17. vgking9699

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Well 8k will be about 1GB per minute so you won’t even be able to text someone that, you’ll be able to text like maybe 10 secs of 8k lol And forget about posting 8k to Facebook or anywhere else really So what’s the point, just to fill up your phone really fast with videos you can’t even share on any websites and can’t send to anyone through text or Facebook messages

24. PartTimePhoner

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 03, 2019

Arent you guys the ones to complain about samsungs curved displays before having it as a feature on other phones?

4. pooma

Posts: 101; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

I wish they develop same size (1/1.33 inch) 12MP sensor without pixel binning. then there would be a significant improvement in camera quality

6. rsiders

Posts: 2010; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I agree with you except increase the mp to say 20 and still have large micron sizes on the sensor natively without binning.

7. rsiders

Posts: 2010; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

As much as I love smartphone photography I must admit that this is really overkill. Unless you're going to print out the pictures there's really not a lot of benefits from such a high resolution sensor. And most of that resolution when uploaded to social media will be lost after being uploaded. And 8k recording on a smartphone for what? That being said I still want it.lol

13. Fred3

Posts: 583; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Remember when people said 6GB ram was over kill?

18. vgking9699

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Also note that currently 4K on smartphones runs about 400mb per minute so 8k will be about 1GB per minute so you’ll be to text someone like maybe 10secs of video in 8k lol, pretty pointless to record in 8k on a smartphone that can’t share it with anyone

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung is about to crush the camera department even more.

19. vgking9699

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Not really, after people buy the phone, start recording in 8k, then realize it’s about 1GB per minute and can’t send a minute of video to anyone cuz texting has file size limitations due to cellular signal bandwidth caps so you’ll be able to maybe text someone like 10secs 8k video before the phone will tell you the video is too big to text to someone And Facebook will dramatically degrade the quality to fuzzy terrible footage and also realize that there’s no way to view 8k on a 2k or less phone lol

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samaung has link sharing, let's you send up to 2 gigs in full rez. Good night sir...oh yeah...lol

22. vgking9699

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

So that would be only a 2 minute video lol and to only other Samsung phones with the same ability Not a good thing

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Go back and read your initial comment, stop deflecting dude. You spoke without knowing what you were talking about.

11. saddameu

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

it can't even do 4k 60fps with stabilization and hdr enabled but they want 8k, what a joke. How about improving and making usable something you already have sammy ?

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're talking about a now limitation, vs a gone limitation on the new device. C'mon dude

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