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:
... kindly note that regarding your query there is no information yet, but we certainly hope that you will get portrait mode update with the next SW [update].
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.