The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra may ditch one of its signature features according to new leaks, and one that could severely impact the fate of the whole Galaxy S24 series.
According to respected leaker IceUniverse, the Galaxy S24 Ultra won’t feature a 10x telephoto camera, but a 10MP 3x zoom and a 5x 50MP zoom instead. This would be the first Ultra-branded Galaxy to move from a 10x zoom camera, with the Galaxy S23 Ultra, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S21 Ultra before that, all offering the same camera.
Telephoto solution of Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra:3x 10MP + 5x 50MP 1/2.52″ 0.7μmThe hardware specifications are weaker than Xiaomi 13 Ultra, which is 50MP 1/2.52″ 0.7μm for both 3x and 5x.I know it’s hard for you to accept,me too, but it’s the truth.😑You can place an iPhone15…September 19, 2023
IU also notes that these specs would give the Galaxy S24 Ultra weaker telephoto camera performance than the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, a phone with two 50MP telephoto cameras. However, this phone isn’t sold outside of China, so likely not part of your smartphone shortlist.
Samsung gives up its ace-in-the-hole
The 10MP 10x zoom camera is one of the most unique cameras on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, and one that helped it secure first place on our best camera phones guide. While other leading Android phones use periscope cameras for 5x zoom capabilities, as does the newly announced iPhone 15 Pro Max Samsung’s dual telephotos still keep the Galaxy S23 series beyond their reach.
Losing zoom range therefore sounds like a huge loss to the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Not only would the lack of 10x zoom be felt on the new phone, but so would the likely knock-on effect of losing the 100x Space Zoom mode too. This level of zoom wasn’t always useful for photography but was certainly impressive.
However, perhaps the alleged 5x telephoto camera could still match up thanks to its increased 50MP resolution. Having more pixels to play with could be why Samsung decides to ditch the more powerful optical zoom, as a higher native resolution could mean a greater lossless digital zoom range that will satisfy users just as much as a smaller sensor with a more powerful lens.
It’s worth noting however that other rumormongers have told different stories about what’s going on with the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s cameras. One account claims the 50MP sensor is for the 3x camera, with the 10MP periscope camera sticking around, with another suggesting that Samsung could use a new variable zoom lens on the S24 Ultra for greater versatility. It’s very unlikely that all of these statements are true at once, so we’ll have to wait for further rumors to appear to back up the claims.
There’s still time for more Galaxy S24 rumors to fly, since we’re not anticipating Samsung to launch it until February of next year. It’ll have to hit the ground running whenever it does launch though, as it’ll have the capable iPhone 15 Pro and the incoming (but also likely excellent) Google Pixel 8 Pro to contend with from launch.
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