13 July 2021
While Apple is reported to continue with LiDAR sensor for its upcoming products, Samsung is reportedly dropping this idea, at least, for its upcoming Galaxy S-series.
According to a new report from Korean publication ET News, the 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor is not making a comeback on Samsung’s Galaxy S22 phones. Samsung featured the ToF sensor on the Galaxy S10 5G, S20 Ultra phones, but swapped it with a simple Laser AF for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It decided not to bring 3D ToF sensor on the Galaxy Note 20 as the “technology’s level of its use did not meet the company’s expectation.” Later, it did the same with the Galaxy S21 and didn’t bring back the 3D ToF sensor.
Now, the report from ET News states that Samsung will once again skip the 3D ToF sensor, this time for the upcoming Galaxy S22 series. The report claims Samsung did look into the possibility of bringing it back with the upcoming series but recently decided to skip on it completely.
The report further states,
While it expected that the technology would boost effects of its smartphone cameras as the technology is capable of 3D sensing, the technology remained as a means of assisting picture-taking due to lack of ‘killer applications’ that can induce use of technology from consumers.
The report claims Samsung did think of bringing back this tech when Apple brought the LiDAR on iPhone 12 but later decided not to go with this tech for the Galaxy S22 “due to lack of clear advantages of the technology.”
As per the report, Samsung believes its current smartphone cameras without ToF technology are able to "meet various demands from consumers for a time being."
The 3D ToF or LiDAR sensors are capable of recognizing the subject’s dimensions, spatial information, and movement with the help of light.
Well, while Samsung is weighing in the use of such sensors, Apple is all set to bring it to more upcoming devices, even though the reception looks almost the same. The LiDAR sensor is still considered helpful to a specific segment of users only. Despite this, Apple still wants to bring LiDAR to more and more devices. According to Wedbush analysts, Apple is expected to bring this tech to all models of the iPhone 13 lineup.