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Samsung reveals the LED flash that will join its next Galaxy smartphone's camera

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Samsung introduced a new lineup of camera flash LEDs for mobile devices. The first one is the 3432 1.8t (FH341A) reflector-integrated flash LED. It's designed for high-end mobile devices with cameras that require a wider field of view (FOV) angle. Apparently, the next Galaxy smartphone is one such product, because the company confirmed that this LED module will be used in its “next Galaxy smartphone”. It also confirmed that this phone will be introduced "later this month".

The LED module provides a wide FOV, a lead frame, and a reflector with its own optics and diffusion features. It will deliver over 165 lux at 1A, and a minimum color rendering index of 80. According to Sammy, this assures "quality photos in daylight and at night." Another new Samsung LED module, the 3432 1.4t (FH341B), is specifically designed for mobile OEMs seeking “extra-slim LED solutions”. The package is 1.4mm thick, which is supposedly ideal for devices thinner than 7mm. It has a minimum illuminance level of 165 lux.

Samsung also unveiled the LED 2016 (FH201A) standard flash. In comparison with previous methods, which dispensed phosphor on each chip, this LED relies on proprietary cell-film phosphor applied to “flip-chip” packages. The module offers 220lm of light output and improves color deviation by around 40% compared with the older technology.

The final new product is a pair of Side View LEDs ─ 3810 0.6t (MS062F) and 3810 0.8t (MS082F). They feature high color reproducibility and brightness levels. They operate on less than 2.9 volts. The 3810 0.6t provides 3.1cd, while coming in at 0.6mm in height. Samsung deems it ideal for “slim smartphones and tablets”. The 3810 0.8t offers more luminous intensity at 3.2cd, with a 0.8mm thickness, which is better suited for tablet and notebook PCs.

It is likely that these LED modules will appear in this year's upcoming Galaxy devices. Are their specifications up to standards? Feel free to weigh in with your opinions.

source: Samsung Tomorrow via SamMobile

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posted on 18 Feb 2014, 10:39 5

1. NoFanboy (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

No xenon?

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 10:59 2

2. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

That's what I was wondering... Xenon is a must...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:09 13

5. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

Why is it a must? Xenon to cameras, LED to smartphones... Smartphones shouldn't be considered DSLR.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:20 10

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Xenon is not a must... That's Nokia making you believe so.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:45 2

18. roobs (Posts: 95; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)

Why is it not a must? Majority of people tend to take pictures indoor and usually obtain an 'average' and grainy picture. Nokia is doing a good job in including xenon, atleast for me.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:12 1

13. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

If this http://tinyurl.com/ndzvtl5 turns out to be true
maybe its flash is in the 3d photo

LED: lower voltage,longer battery life, thinner, cheaper to manufacture and install.
Unfortunately not very bright, shorter range 1.5-2m > lower image quality.

XENON: brighter, clear images, longer range up to 3m, shutter speed can be increased leading to reduced image blur/noise/grain in night shots.
Unfortunately is more expensive and needs bigger batteries

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:56

20. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

I like (and want) the Nokia Lumia 1020 but i'm not gonna claim that Xenon flash is a must for smartphones.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:03 6

4. maherk (Posts: 4820; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Xenon isn't ideal for shooting videos in low light situations. At least this was my experience using the Nokia N8.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:03 9

3. sergiobr (Posts: 713; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

Bring it on Sammy ! The Sammy´s camera (in daylight) is recognized even in Nokia´s blog. What is missing is a better flash in low light. For the rest ... Note 3 rocks !

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:22 6

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

If Samsung can produce a flash model similar to the one thats on the iPhone 5S, the S5 is going to be awesome.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:52 1

9. koko1 (Posts: 103; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)

well the s4 have a better flash, they hurt my eyes sometimes

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:46 1

17. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

The iPhone 5S had two LEDs. The photos taken at night are just amazing.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:48 2

8. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Hmmm I hope it's not too thick. Usually Samsung is good at not introducing unneeded technology until they have make it super compact.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 12:09 1

10. pureviewuser (Posts: 501; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)

I believe xenon is better and led for videos.Anyway I'm sure the next samsungs are going to be great.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 13:07

11. skymitch89 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

I say that smartphones that are more camera centric should have a Xenon flash for photos and an LED flash for video. Also, I say that the user of such a device should be able to choose what flash they want for photos.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:35

12. roozbeh101 (Posts: 95; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)

FYI as you see in the last couple of months samsung is innovating way too much than before they must have loaded enormous amount of cash in their R&D department ! next galaxy line flagships will be rocketships! I think of s5 as an other table changer like S1 and s2 ! they spent alot of resources on the s1 too !

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:49

14. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

All I know is Motorola is at least using some good ones now as there other models weren't to potent. My moto G flash can light up a pitch black room & the photos for it's range come out way better in low light then any of the 5mp shooters that Lg uses for example. Lg is about the worst. At least in the midrange class. Alot more grainy. Some phones i've noticed just blink quickly too while others like the g stay on longer when firing the shot.. So potency & the way it works..

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:04

15. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

Although potent is good too. I have to use an app to turn down exposure on self timer closer shots so they don't come out overblown, but that's fine & works for that. Rather have it be potent then not. Aww technology right.. Htc's seemed about the best to me on the ones I used. Very middle of the road & some self adjusting ones.. Sammy pretty decent too with all factors. Iphone, Good cameras but at least on the last I used the 5c. Still weak flashes.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:02

16. Loubielou (Posts: 554; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

The Old Nokia N82 with Xenon Flash was one of the Best Cameras put on Mobile Phone,Why?couldn"t Samsung use that Type of Flash

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 04:02

19. LoveHater (Posts: 180; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

No dear they will not use that bcoz they have invested heavily in LEDs part

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