Reports indicate Samsung is continuing to work on its camera technology for future smartphones. It’s 2018 flagship, likely the Galaxy S9 could feature a camera sensor with the ability to shoot up to 1,000 frames per second, according to ETNews.
Camera technology has been one of the primary upgrades on recent Samsung devices. The Galaxy Note 8 introduced a dual camera set up to the manufacturer’s premium lineup. New features include Live Focus, which creates a bokeh; sharp foreground and blurred background effect. Prior device cameras have focused on improved low-light imaging, with tweaks in aperture and pixel size. A high-frame rate would allow for slow motion video. The camera could rival the 3-layer CMOS sensor Sony uses on its Xperia XZ line.
Since Sony has patented a camera-on-a-chip technology for its high-frame-rate sensor, Samsung may be working on its own proprietary mechanism to produce 1,000 fps on a mobile camera, according to SamMobile. The camera sensor could go into mass production in November, as per the ETNews report.
While the Galaxy S9 release is likely up to six months away, the smartphone is likely already in development. Early rumors suggested the Galaxy S9 may release as early as January 2018; however, this is unlikely, considering similar reports typically surface early in smartphone rumor cycles, especially for Samsung devices.
The Galaxy S8 was announced in late March and released to market in late April. Samsung is likely to maintain a similar release cycle for future Galaxy S smartphones to separate its flagships from industry conferences. Samsung’s, premium smartphone are now more likely to release in standalone events, rather than conferences, such as CES in January or Mobile World Congress in February.
After its failure with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung delayed the Galaxy S8 launch by approximately one month. The Galaxy Note 8 also has its unveiling and market release, much later than has been seen for Galaxy Note predecessors. The device was announced Aug. 23 and released last Friday.
Currently, many Galaxy S9 feature rumors remain far-fetched, but some more plausible reports suggest the device may feature a rear fingerprint sensor, similar to the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip.