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Samsung Galaxy S10 could feature a triple camera and 3D sensor

It's early days for Galaxy S10 rumors, but there are some compelling reasons why Samsung may include such a camera on its future phone.

Published onJune 4, 2018

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  • Recent speculation has suggested that Samsung will bring a triple camera and 3D sensor to the Galaxy S10.
  • While still very earlier in the day, it’s a credible idea. A triple camera could benefit the device in a number of ways.
  • The HUAWEI P20 Pro, released earlier this year, was the first major Android device to feature a triple camera setup. The iPhone X Plus may also include one.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, the company’s yet-to-be-announced 2019 flagship, may arrive with a triple rear-camera setup. Market analysts in Korea (via The Investor) speculate that Samsung would include the feature to “reinvigorate its smartphone business” after disappointing demand for the Samsung Galaxy S9.

The Investor‘s coverage suggests that the Galaxy S10 may also be the first Samsung device to feature a 3D sensor. This could assist the device’s AR capabilities — the likes of which we’ve previously seen with the Galaxy S9’s AR Emojis — and allow areas to be mapped in 3D (find out more about that possibility here).

Samsung isn’t expected to release the Galaxy S10 before February next year so we’re still many months away. As such, all this speculation should be treated as… well, speculation. A triple camera setup could be a good fit for the Galaxy S10, however.

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The HUAWEI P20 Pro

Giving it a third camera would clearly differentiate the device from previous Galaxy S phones and a smartphone market where even budget phones come equipped with dual camera setups. Samsung expects weak demand for the Galaxy S9 later this year, in part due to increasing competition in the sector, but a triple camera (combined with the expected in-display fingerprint scanner) could help the potentially upcoming device become a stand out product.

Apple is also rumored to be including a triple camera setup on an upcoming device

Samsung isn’t the only company that seems to be interested in triple cameras. The first big triple camera Android phone, the HUAWEI P20 Pro was released earlier this year. Meanwhile, there are rumors that Apple is going to include a triple-camera setup on the rumored iPhone X Plus. It looks like the industry is heading in this direction.

Considering the focus Samsung has put on both the camera quality of its devices and its recent attempts to add AR capabilities, it makes sense that the company might include a feature that improves both areas.

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The article mentioned another reason that Samsung may be keen for the market to head towards triple cameras. As a major supplier of parts including camera modules and sensors, Samsung would be in a good position to benefit from any trend that requires more camera parts. The Investor says that Samsung Electro-Mechanics saw operating profits rise by 1,155 percent in 2017 due to the dual-camera system found in the Galaxy Note 8.

The Investor has been right about rumors concerning upcoming Korean devices before. At the end of last year, it accurately predicted that the Galaxy S9 would not feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, though that speculation had come up elsewhere. It also reported early on the rethink that the LG went through in relation to the LG G7 earlier this year.

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