28 January 2019
Samsung is reportedly in talks with Israeli company Corephotonics for a 25x telephoto camera module. This is the same company that has developed Oppo’s periscope camera module with 5x lossless zoom and also the very latest 10x zoom tech. Now, if the report from a publication citing its sources is correct then we may see Samsung equipping the telephoto lens tech in its next series or a flagship. Currently, it’s unknown how and where the company is willing to employ the tech.
The report claims that Samsung is in “advanced talks” to acquire Israeli company Corephotonics for between $150 million and $160 million. The Israeli company has been working with Oppo as they have signed a collaboration agreement, but it’s unclear if they continue to do so post Samsung’s acquisition of the company.
This acquisition could build a strong camera profile for Samsung against its competitions. One of the challenges that the smartphones’ camera sector faces is the Zoom tech. It requires some bulky lens but manufacturers started using the telephoto secondary cameras to accomplish it.
Corephotonics is having an ongoing legal battle with Apple as it claims that Apple has used its patented technology in dual-camera iPhones. So, it’s yet to be seen how everything goes in the middle of this battle.