Samsung recently unveiled its new 64-megapixel camera, and since it's a major supplier of lenses for a handful of phone manufacturer, that means customers can expect 64-megapixel shooters soon. But apparently not as soon as the Galaxy Note 10's release.
As soon as Samsung announced the new shooter, the natural impulse was to assume it would appear on Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Note 10 flagship. However, this appears not to be the case, according to a trusted industry tipster.
Galaxy Note 10 Camera Rumors
Samsung's new 64-megapixel lens is called the Isocell Bright GW1, which combines four pixels to render a 16-megapixel images that are vivid, with accurate colors, and clear even in low-light situations. The Galaxy Note 10 will have none of this wizardry, according to Ice Universe, who took to Twitter to say that the "Samsung Note10 will not use 64MP CMOS."
To be clear, all rumors must be taken with a grain of salt, and Samsung hasn't really confirmed if its Galaxy Note 10 will feature the new sensor. That said, Ice Universe does have a track record of sharing accurate information. That means Samsung fans should not keep their hopes up for a 64-megapixel shooter on the forthcoming Galaxy Note 10 flagship.
Galaxy Note 10 Rumors
If true, that puts Samsung's mobile photography plans into question. Since all aspects of a phone has nearly been perfected, it's often the camera that will set something apart from the rest of the pack. The Google Pixel 3, for example, doesn't have a triple-camera system that's all the rage these days. But it does have the highly advanced Pixel Visual Core, a standalone chip just for processing images, and the results are currently some of the very best in the market.
It might not be all bad, though. Alongside the new 64-megapixel sensor, Samsung announced a new Isocell 48-megapixel shooter called the Bright GM2, which apparently is more likely to show up on the Galaxy Note 10 than its higher-spec'd sibling. Either way, this is still Samsung, one of the leading companies when it comes to mobile imaging, so expect the Galaxy Note 10 to perform beastly in the camera department, nonetheless.
Still, in an industry where the number megapixels is often misconstrued as indicative of a camera's quality, Samsung faces competition with manufacturers who put 20+ megapixels on devices, even if those devices don't really take great pictures. On top of which, smartphone sales stopped growing in 2018 for the first time, which could suggest people are tired of yearly renewals.