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Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumor: Front-Facing Camera With Autofocus

30 November 2016, 1:58 am EST By Sumit Passary Tech Times
The front camera of the Samsung Galaxy S8 may include auto focus. The smartphone is expected to be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress event in February 2017.  ( David Ramos | Getty Images )

Samsung may introduce automatic focus in the front camera of the company's next flagship smartphone.

The Korean company's upcoming flagship mobile phone will be the Galaxy S8. Samsung normally announces a new model in the Galaxy S series during the Mobile World Congress. It is highly likely that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 at the MWC 2017 that kicks off on Feb. 27 next year.

The upgraded Galaxy S8 will undoubtedly include top-end features to attract smartphone customers, especially after the global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 this year.

AF In The Front Camera Of Galaxy S8

Camera capabilities have become an important part of smartphones as more users shoot images and videos from their handset. According to a latest report from a Korean publication, Samsung will bump the front-facing camera capabilities of the Galaxy S8, which will enhance the quality to selfies taken from the phone.

AF functionality in the Galaxy S8 will take selfies to a new level. Although front cameras of some handsets have AF, the feature is still a rarity. ETNews cites unnamed industry sources and reports that Samsung is planning to introduce encoder-type AF actuator for the Galaxy S8's front camera.

An AF actuator goes in the camera module to control lens location and adjust lens focus automatically. Samsung has used fixed focus-type front-cameras in its smartphones because they are cheap and small. However, as customer expectations increase, the company may introduce better technology in its future phones, even if the cost is slightly high.

"People are starting to take more selfies and number of demands for cameras that take selfies with higher qualities is increasing," said an industry observer. "It is heard that Samsung Electronics has decided to install front actuators for Galaxy S8 in order to differentiate its flagship Smartphone."

Other Galaxy S8 Rumors

Apart from an enhanced front-facing camera, the Galaxy S8 is also expected to include dual-lens, rear-facing camera. The LG G5, Huawei P9 and iPhone 7 Plus are some smartphones that include a dual camera setup. A dual camera setup improves the picture quality, and phones with dual cameras enable users to capture high-quality, wide-angle images.

A previous Tech Times report suggests that Samsung may move from flat screens to curved screens in all models of the Galaxy S8.

The Samsung device could come running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor and either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S8 is one of the most-awaited smartphones of 2017. However, as Samsung has not confirmed any specs of the smartphone, all rumors should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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