15 July 2019
Samsung seems to be having a keen interest in 3D ToF (Time of Flight) sensors. It released the Galaxy S10 5G with two of them (one in the front and one in the back) followed by the Galaxy A80 with one sensor. And now, a new report claims that the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 could have up to two 3D ToF sensors.
The report cites South Korea-based lens maker KOLEN as the source for the claim. It is said to have invested $21.6 million for building a new sensor manufacturing plant in Vietnam. This new plant will help it increase manufacturing capacity from 13 million to 25 million sensors. It means the company is targetting to double its current capacity and help fulfill Samsung's demands.
The 3D ToF sensors are helpful in creating better Bokeh (depth) effects, facial recognition, and different augmented reality (AR) experiences. There are different devices from different OEMs that come with such a sensor but all of them are just a handful. In other words, the use of these sensors is yet to become mainstream.
It is worth noting that it is unclear what Galaxy Note 10 variants will come with the 3D ToF sensor(s). There is a possibility that Samsung might offer the sensor only on the Plus variant. It can also happen that the Plus variant has only one ToF sensor but the 5G variant has two of them. The Galaxy Note 10 is set to get official on August 7th which is a month away and we should get more information in the meantime.