Apple supplier: brace for the triple-camera and periscope zoom phones of 2019


The rumors that Apple's iPhone X Plus will sport a tri-lens camera on the back may have been premature, it seems, as Largan Precision, one of Apple's camera element suppliers, revealed that the multi-lens boom is not happening en masse before next year.

Tucked in its reports about a new 7-layer plastic lens invention for handsets, was the tip that many phones with three or more cameras on the back, as well as true optical zoom, are in the pipe for 2019, when Largan will be able to mass produce said modules. Currently, iPhones and Android handsets, are mostly using 6-layer lenses, but next year the higher-end models may get the seven goods.

In addition to multi-lens phone cameras, 2019 will see more brands adopt periscope zooming technology, says Largan, and, since those kits are quite hard to make, there might be yield and availability problems. The first phone announced with 5x optical zoom lens is expected to be the Oppo Find X that will be announced next week, directly from the Louvre in Paris.

Currently, phones simply use telephoto lens for faux 2x or 3x magnification, while the kit in the Find X uses true optical zooming with a periscope system tucked inside a fairly thick, almost 10mm smartphone body. If the Galaxy S10 indeed ships with a tri-camera setup, it's not out of the question that Apple could follow suit with its most expensive iPhone model, and Largan will be waiting in the wings to supply it with the necessary lenses.

source: Digitimes

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19 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

this is getting silly if its true.

6. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Why silly. Now there's someone who need to do it right and make it a trend. Here we come again droids. Beware ..

10. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMFG You all cry and bitch when anyone else copies, but when apple does it it's just fine. Cool if they do, doesn't in any way mean they will do it better. Apple is not going to send you a free phone or a check so don't hold your breath.

12. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Do you know anything about loyalty. It's in our blood.

17. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Innovation is in android's blood.

18. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

That blood is pumped through Apple's heart arteries. Grow up kid...

19. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Apple's heart has grown old and has stopped working

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

The East phones are killing the game! They are taking risk and seeing what sticks in an industry that was becoming stagnant.

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Except vivo, no other chinese do new stuff, just copy.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Vivo is more like concept/prototype maker for BBK.. But other chinese manufacturers did lots of other stuff too.. Xiaomi trying 2 kind of earpieces for topless bezel in Mi Mix, and Mi Mix 2 HTC&Xiaomi trying semi-transparent back cover HTC the first making squeezable phone (also maker of the first smartphone dual camera, 3D display, front facing stereo speaker) Huawei trying triple camera setup (also the first one who use B&W sensor) Asus the first one with a true optical zoom (periscope style) Lenovo making the first Tango-AR phone Elephone make the first phone (P8000) with backside FPscanner (CMIIW) and many other things..

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Htc and Asus are taiwanese. Tell ppl there they are chinese they will take as offense. Mi Mix is based on Sharp Crystal, two years older. AR can be easily done by software, no need for hardware. Even Sony E3 ( low end) has AR effects. Lenovo cares more about Motorola than own phones.

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Taiwan official name is "Republic of china", and it use "Chinese Taipei" name when joining international events (Olympics, FIFA, Miss universe, etc). Ask PRC people if taiwan is chinese, more than one billion will say yes. I've said TWO kind of earpieces, the first MiMix use piezoelectric speaker but it sound really bad, and the second Mi Mix, use new speaker design to fix it. Did you even know what tango project is? Phab2 Pro have motion tracking sensor, and depth sensor. it's far more accurate than software based AR, it can even 3D scan object and 3D map a whole room.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Taiwan official name is "Republic of china", and it use "Chinese Taipei" name when joining international events (Olympics, FIFA, Miss universe, etc). Ask PRC people if taiwan is chinese, more than one billion will say yes. I've said TWO kind of earpieces, the first MiMix use piezoelectric speaker but it sound really bad, and the second Mi Mix, use new speaker design to fix it. Did you even know what tango project is? Phab2 Pro have motion tracking sensor, and depth sensor. it's far more accurate than software based AR, it can even 3D scan object and 3D map a whole room.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

By 2025, there’ll be 10 camera down the backside of these phones.

8. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

like the light L16 camera? lol

9. burekbrigada

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

many small cameras (up to 16) is the way to go for smartphones. There is no workaround around physic, and physic says that big pixels are way superior to small ones. But smartphones are limited with dimensions, especially thickness, and even when manufacturers manage to fit big sensor, way to fit big accompanied optics don't exists. For zoom periscope setup is solution, but only as a second camera, because periscope systems inevitably limit how much light can reach a sensor.

11. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No phone needs more then one camera if done right.

15. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Maybe someday, propably will take years if ever possible.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Only if phones start shipping with the ability to change the camera lens.

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