Latest Galaxy S11 leak seemingly corroborates huge camera upgrades

Latest Galaxy S11 leak seemingly corroborates huge camera upgrades
Samsung Galaxy S11 concept render

The Galaxy S10 upped Samsung’s camera game rather dramatically when it debuted in February but, when compared to rival flagships, it still lags behind in certain areas. Rumors indicate Samsung wants to address the situation with next year’s Galaxy S11 and the latest leak seemingly corroborates this.

The Galaxy S11's camera is named after NASA's Hubble Telescope


According to information received by GalaxyClub, Samsung has developed the Galaxy S11’s rear camera setup under the codename ‘Hubble.’ The moniker is a reference to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and is presumably indicative of the company’s plans to substantially upgrade its cameras.

Samsung’s most premium smartphones have supported 2x optical zoom since the summer of 2017. With the upcoming Galaxy S11, though, the company is reportedly going to make the switch over to an all-new periscope-like lens that supports 5x optical zoom. The upgrade should allow Samsung to better compete with rival Huawei, which first introduced 5x zoom earlier this year, and pull ahead of Apple, which still relies on 2x optical zoom. 

It’s unclear what sensor will be paired with the upgraded lens but support for impressive levels hybrid and digital zoom are to be expected thanks to the data gathered by the main sensor. Huawei, for example, offers 10x hybrid zoom and an outstanding 50x digital zoom but Samsung could take things even further by updating its other sensors.

According to tipster Ice Universe, there’s a “high probability” Samsung’s next-generation flagship will use a new 108-megapixel main camera. The South Korean giant already produces a similar sensor for Xiaomi’s phones but this particular one should provide better overall results that are capable of competing in the flagship segment.

The extra data gathered by a 108-megapixel camera versus a regular 12-megapixel sensor, in turn, may improve Samsung’s hybrid and digital zoom vastly. Therefore, zoom levels in the region of 15x and 75x respectively could be made possible, although this is pure speculation at this stage.

A Deep Fusion alternative and an improved Night Mode


Accompanying everything mentioned above will reportedly be a dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor that gathers accurate depth data for improved portrait photography and more accurate AR content. Additionally, an ultra-wide-angle camera is to be expected although details about its resolution and field-of-view are yet to be revealed.

Despite the lack of concrete information, rumors suggest Samsung is also preparing a new software feature that’ll rival Apple’s recently released Deep Fusion. The latter captures nine photos that are analyzed and later fused together by the iPhone 11’s Neural Engine, which selects the best individual pixels to optimize detail, lighting, and color. Out of the nine photos, four images with a short exposure and four regular ones are taken before the shutter button is pressed. The remaining shot is a long-exposure photo that’s taken as soon as the button is touched and the whole process takes just 1 second. 

Finishing off the list of Galaxy S11 camera features should be a noticeably more advanced Night Mode. Samsung’s existing implementation lags behind those offered by Google, Huawei, and Apple but the improved version that’s expected next year should be more capable and may also benefit from the 108-megapixel rear camera. After all, pixel binning technology can be used with it to produce higher-quality 27-megapixel shots or perhaps even 13.5-megapixel photos.

Samsung Galaxy S11 announcement and release date


The Galaxy S11 series is expected to go official at a standalone Unpacked event on Tuesday, February 18. This should give Samsung about five days of uninterrupted press coverage before MWC 2020 kicks off at the end of the week.

Pre-orders will commence either later that day or on Wednesday, before an expected release on Friday, March 6. Pricing information is yet to leak.

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12 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Samsung Mobile needs to do new stuff. Not just putting what other have already. Should forget Apple and focus on their products.

5. banglazbless

Posts: 136; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

What apple did that Samsung is focusing on here? Oh and try and make some sense whenever you're making a comment.

9. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ironically, he's a Sony fanboy, so it's hilarious watching him ask Samsung to innovate, when his favorite brand has been doing nothing but playing catch up games.

14. audibot

Posts: 666; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

now if they could just leave it red and make it thicker with 6k battery and a headphone jack and from speakers am sold

4. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Do you realize that you guys are essentially say the same thing about every single Samsung phone prior to release? Camera this camera that blah blah camera this camera that blah blah upgrade camera blah upgrade camera blah blah - everybody gets hyped the phone comes out it's the same old nonsense and then they start the routine for the S12. Want to take bets that I am right

10. PartTimePhoner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 03, 2019

Unlike before they gon be using a new sensor instead of the S7 one they have been using for 4 years straight. Software doesnt do justice without hardware

12. Fred3

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Locked-n-Loaded sounds like you're just reading the headlines and getting angry other than actually reading the articles

13. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Nope - I read all the articles for what Samsung doesn't seem to understand is a lot of people don't care about these nuances they just pull their phone out and take a photo. They spend all this time on this nonsense but can't get basic things right like proper battery size durability fingerprint sensors waterproofness and over and over and over we get to read the same nonsense about the rumors of future more improved camera benefits but it's just more of the same Time After Time After Time

6. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

There is no replacement for higher optical quality. You need bigger pixels and better lenses. A 108MP sensor is only good for marketing, the pixels are tiny, and even if you combine them, many pixels mean many pixel gaps, resulting in a lot of lost light/information. The current software approaches are only mitigating the lack of space. Better alternatives are needed.

11. Fred3

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

https://youtu.be/2B6W_LL2jOM Now expect this with the camera software that apple and Google haves. That S11 camera will be a monster

7. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Didn’t the pixel start the super hdr craze? How did apples deep fusion end up in this article??

8. Samfruit

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 11, 2018

have you forgotten this is iPhoneArena

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