In a 2019 where content creation is everything, the smartphone wars have taken on a new identity. A phone's intrinsic value is now directly tied to its ability to capture the world around it. It's no longer good enough to have a tool for person-to-person communication. Phones now need to be an all-in-one tool for sharing one's life.
As such, the modern battle between the major smartphone players has become defined by one key smartphone feature: its camera. Or to be specific, the eternal tussle between the likes of Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Google to ensure that they have the phone that shoots the clearest, most vivid, most eye-popping photos and videos of all.
A long-time leader in this arena, Samsung made a major move towards strengthening its status by acquiring mobile phone camera developer Corephotonics, which also provides technology to Huawei and Oppo. Now, it seems as if the fruits of the pair's labours will sprout for the first time next year, with Sasmung's next flagship, the S11, reportedly due to pack the most powerful camera ever attached to the back of a phone.
According to fresh reports from Bloomberg, : "The Korean company is preparing the biggest overhaul to the cameras on its flagship phones for next year, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. upcoming Galaxy S11 will sport a 108-megapixel sensor for the main camera -- versus the iPhone 11’s 12 -- flanked by three more on the back of the device including an ultrawide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom, they said."
We repeat: 108 megapixels.
It's worth noting at this point that we've seen numbers like this put up by smartphone cameras before. In fact, as many remember, there was a time when megapixels were the main signifier of a phone's camera quality. In keeping with this, the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone (remember them?) had a 41-megapixel camera. Unfortunately, it wasn't good for much more than blowing one's poor-quality photos up to gargantuan sizes without losing clarity.
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The difference now, however, is that phones have both the software and the screens to make the most of such capabilities. Ultra-wide lenses and 20x optical zoom are both industry norms, meaning that combined with a high-megapixel camera, the shooting capability of a phone like the S11 could be truly spectacular. The same camera may also be fitted to the rear of Samsung's follow up to the Galaxy Fold.
Another report from Korea, citing a listing on South Korean certification database SafetyKorea, has shown that the S11 Plus could have a far larger battery than the S10 plus, up to 5,000mAh from 4,100mAh.
Most are speculating that the S11 will be set for unveiling around February next year. We'll be sure to bring you more updates on the Samsung Galaxy S11 as they surface. For news from their major competitors, here's everything we know about the next generation of iPhones.