It's never too early to hear about specs and features of popular next-generation smartphones. New details of what Samsung plans on shipping with its upcoming Galaxy S8 have emerged and one popular feature will be a 12- and 13-megapixel dual-lens rear camera.
Apple is about to launch its latest flagship iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at a scheduled press event on Sept. 7 and the pair have been dominating tech headlines over the last couple of months. They are expected to recycle the design of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, abandon the standard 3.5mm headphone port, and the larger model will introduce a new high-end dual-lens camera system.
While Apple isn't the first smartphone maker to ship a handset with a dual-lens rear camera, it's likely the smartphone maker that will make the feature popular and force others to match it.
Samsung has never shied away from matching Apple and it's reportedly going to bring a new dual-lens camera system to its next-generation Galaxy S8 smartphone, expected to launch at Mobile World Congress 2017, which takes place from Feb. 27 through March 2, 2017.
"Biography Galaxy S8 rear 12 million pixel + 1300 megapixel dual-camera. Samsung's own model S5K2L2. Sony's model unknown 800-megapixel front camera + iris dedicated camera " a user on the popular micro-blogging website, Weibo posted.
Samsung will reportedly build the 12-megapixel rear camera and also use a 13-megapixel Sony camera in the Galaxy S8's dual-lens camera, which will allow for depth of field focusing for enhanced image quality. The Galaxy S7 ships with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video chat, but the Galaxy S8 will reportedly get an upgrade to an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper.
The tipster also claims that the Galaxy S8 will also feature the same enhanced iris scanner Samsung first introduced with its just released Galaxy Note 7. Users are able to quickly unlock their Note 7 by simply staring at the display and by the time it's available on the Galaxy S8, it's a safe bet that Samsung will have enhanced it and added new features.
If you think this is too early to hear some concrete details about the Samsung Galaxy S8, in August 2015 a report surfaced claiming the Samsung Galaxy S7 which would be announced in March 2016 would run Android M (6.0 Marshmallow) and use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, both turned out to be true.
We'll keep you posted on any new Galaxy S8 news as it happens.