Samsung Galaxy S8 might get Note 8's Portrait Mode via a software update


Samsung could introduce its very own version of Portrait Mode to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ via a software update. A customer inquiry on whether the 2017 flagship pair will have access to this camera feature has resulted in the following answer from the company's customer support service: 


Of course, this information hasn't been made official by Samsung and shouldn't be taken as solid proof. Still, this response is quite peculiar, as it not only suggests that the feature could indeed make it to the S8, but it also hints that it could happen very soon.

As you might know, Portrait Mode is mostly present on dual-camera phones that feature a secondary telephoto lens. It enables users to take DSLR-like portrait pictures where the subject is put into focus while the background is blurred. Samsung introduced its own version of Portrait Mode called "Live Focus" with its first dual camera phone - the Galaxy Note 8. With Live Focus, one can adjust the level of background blur before and after a photo is taken. 

However, Google recently proved that you don't actually need a secondary telephoto lens to achieve the effects of Portrait Mode. Mountain View's Pixel 2 smartphones pack a single sensor on the front and back which produce the bokeh effect with the help of the Dual Pixel technology. In theory, a software update could very well bring a similar implementation to the Galaxy S8 series, as both of these handsets also use Dual Pixel sensors.

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18 Comments

1. aspleme

Posts: 30; Member since: May 18, 2014

... You guys are stretching way too hard for news.

2. Or25e

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 17, 2017

Not going to happen. Stop dreaming.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So Note 8 had it from launch, but it only came into spotlight after iPhone X was launched ?

4. Or25e

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 17, 2017

Exactly like 4k 60fps. That's Samsung for you.

5. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The Note 8 can't capture 4k60 since the Snapdragon 835 can't do it. It can decode 4k60 though, and that's about it. No, the Note 8 isn't getting 4k 60 via a software update. Even if Samsung tries their hardest, they can ship it to the Exynos variant, which they won't do since it will cause buyer's remorse.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31042; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Doesn't really need it. It does everything other than that already, and how much 4K at 60 are you gonna shoot on a phone with non expandable storage anyway? Hell I never even used 1080p on my phones, my vid recording is set to 720p, iPhone or Galaxy.

12. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

1440p for me. It allows for continous recording, which 4K doesn't. There is no benefit to 4K @ 60FPS. Most real movies are recorded in 30FPS or less. Basically right now its a, my phone can do it and yours can't. Wow, so one phone can do one thing another can't, when the Galaxy does 50+ things most phones can't. 2 frames for each 1 is just a space hog. It does provide a smoother video sometimes. But there are trade offs. One being the video is less sharp and lesser color reproduction.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

recording at 720p is pretty stupid tbh, since a tech fan such as yourself obvious has a 1080p TV etc

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31042; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't give a damn, how stupid you think it is. You don't buy my tech bruh...case closed.

9. masi0

Posts: 6; Member since: May 19, 2012

Exynos version of Note 8 can capture 4k in 60fps, Snapdragon version of the phone is only avail. only in US due to CDMA compatibility

15. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Exynos can capture 4k 120 too. But the Snapdragon can't, which means Note 8 won't get the update.

11. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

You can't implement a feature on non-supporting hardware. The SD835 doesn't support 4K@60. The fact is, there is no benefit to it. 2 for 1 on each frame, just means recordings will take up more space. That doesn't mean they will actually look at better. Most movies you watch are shot at 30FPS or less.

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Doesn't the S8 already have portrait mode? My S6 had it; it's called live focus I think and you can choose between near focus, far focus or all in focus.

7. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

only difference from what I understand is this version lets you control the blur rather than preset focus points. Off course the S8 will probably do it through software where the Note 8 has the dual cameras to create the effect.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31042; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Selective focus.

10. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Really hope the S8 gets the Portrait mode! Would be so dope. For now it only has selective focus which doesn't work anywhere close to an actual portrait mode.

13. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I just don't see what's the hype of portrait mode. I played with it on my Note 8 and it just seems like a useless gimmick IMO. I don't see the benefit of blurring the background. Many phones blur the background, due to poor dynamic range.

14. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It's just a cool gimmick to use when posting portraits on social media. Looks more professional.

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