21 January 2020
UPDATE (January 17th, 2020):
It is time for a new leak from Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) who has now shared camera specifications for Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. It reveals that Samsung will use a mix of its own and Sony camera sensors for the upcoming flagships. The two high-end models, Plus and Ultra, will also have a 3D ToF sensor for better depth effect.
Here is an overview of the Galaxy S20 series camera specifications:
- Galaxy S20: 12MP Sony IMX555, 64MP Samsung S5KGW (zoom), and 12MP Samsung S5K2LA (ultra-wide) rear cameras with 10MP Sony IMX375 selfie camera sensor
- Galaxy S20 Plus: 12MP Sony IMX555, 64MP Samsung S5KGW (zoom), 12MP Samsung S5K2LA (ultra-wide), and Sony IMX516 ToF rear cameras with 10MP Sony IMX375 selfie camera sensor
- Galaxy S20 Ultra: 108MP Samsung S5KHM1, 48MP Sony IMX586 (zoom), 44MP Samsung S5KGH1 (ultra-wide), and Sony IMX518 ToF rear cameras with 10MP Sony IMX375 selfie camera sensor
Original (January 14th, 2020)
We are now less than a month away from Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked Event 2020 where it is likely to unveil the new Galaxy S-series. Going by some recent speculations, Samsung would address this new series as Galaxy S20 rather than the usual iterative name, this is because we are moving to a new beginning.
While we are still at a distance from the official announcement, a few details can be learned from leaks that are not stopping by anything. A couple of days back, Max Weinbach from XDA Developers posted alleged real-life images of the Galaxy S20 Plus and now he has come up with the camera features of the device by citing the sources.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 + holds four rear cameras and referring to the renders, one can tell their arrangement. There are exactly 6 holes on the rear panel of the device, three of them are the camera sensors and they are likely telephoto, main, and ultrawide cameras. The fourth one is the unknown sensor and below to it is a small hole. According to the source reporting to Weinbach, this could be the microphone hole that will be used for better audio quality and zoom-in mic feature. This has been inherited from the Galaxy Note 10 and it allows the audio to match the frame you are recording.
The source reiterates what @UniverseIce and notable tipster Ishan Agarwal have said, which means the main camera is the 12MP 1.8 μm sensor. Weinbach further cites his source and claims this sensor is the Sony-made IMX555 sensor which is currently an unreleased sensor. The report further confirms the presence of the 64MP as the secondary sensor and also suggests it is unlikely for the Galaxy S20 Plus to feature the 108MP. The report concludes the rumored 108MP sensor is seemingly an asset of the highest-end model, which is the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The camera app from which the source has extracted key details shows no sign of the 108MP camera output or a macro mode.
The exclusive report on the camera features of the Galaxy S20 Plus also confirms that the telephoto lens on the Galaxy S20 and the S20 Plus are 3X zoom with a total of 30X zoom. The report further confirms that 8K@30fps recording is indeed present on the Galaxy S20 Plus. Also, the Galaxy S20+ will be able to record in 4K 60fps with video stabilization (likely both OIS and EIS) for both the front and rear cameras. It is, however, unlikely that the S20 Plus will support the 4K 60fps HDR video. The 8K 30fps video also will not support the HDR.
Samsung is said to be re-introducing the “Smart selfie angle” with the Galaxy S20 Plus. This mode automatically switches to a wide-angle selfie when there are more than two people in the frame. There is also a “Pro Video” mode found in the camera app that would let you use the pro mode settings while taking videos. Finally, there is a “Single Take” mode as well that makes you pan your phone around an environment and the phone will automatically take the pictures and videos.
We are slowly moving towards the official announcement of the Galaxy S20 series where everything will get detailed, but more leaks will join definitely to enlighten you before.