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Samsung is working on a 5x optical zoom camera, might debut in the Galaxy Note 10

The 5x zoom module could debut in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

Published onMay 21, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera detail

Samsung subsidiary Samsung Electro-Mechanics announced today that it developed a 5x optical zoom camera module (via ETNews). The company also announced it has begun mass production of the camera module.

On paper, a 5x zoom module takes up more space than the 2x zoom module in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. However, Samsung produced a 5x zoom module that’s only 5mm thick. That compares favorably to the 2x zoom module, which is 6mm thick.

Samsung's 5x optical zoom camera module.
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According to the report, Samsung uses a periscope method to refract light at right angles and horizontally arrange sensors and lenses. The result is a thinner camera module that features over double the focal length of the 2x zoom module.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because HUAWEI developed a similar method for the 5x zoom module in the P30 Pro. The report also notes that Oppo — the company was first on the scene with 5x zoom cameras — supplies Samsung’s module.

As for when the 5x zoom module will debut, we could see it in the upcoming Galaxy Note 10. The phone reportedly features a quad rear camera setup in a vertical arrangement, which would give it the space to feature a camera that sits horizontally.

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