New Galaxy S9 Leak Reveals Samsung's Surprising Innovation


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 New Galaxy S9 Leak Reveals Samsung's Surprising Innovation

For many years, Samsungs smartphone cameras have produced some of the best photos on a mobile device, giving it an edge in marketing over the competition (especially over Apple and the iPhone). Google looks set to hold on to that crown with the Pixel 2 and the Pixel Visual Core co-processor, but a new patent suggest that the South Korean company is fighting back.

The patent (published this week and reported on by Ilse Jurrien) comes from Samsung Electro-Mechanics and describes the techniques used in a new camera module for smartphones. It uses multiple lens elements to increase the image quality, but this has traditionally led to more internal reflections and lens flares. As always a balance point has to be found.

The patent describes the use of a broad band anti reflection layer (BBAR) on one of the lens elements. This is expected to reduce the reflections on the treated lens to under one percent, allowing Samsung to increase the quality of the image and reduce lens flare and ghosting.

What the patent does not talk about is where this new technique would be deployed, the obvious answer would be in Samsungs Galaxy S9 flagship. The S9 is expected to be announced in February 2018, with a commercial release starting in March.

The South Korean company is reported to be working on an improved slow-motion technology for the S9, which will require a lot more light to be captured to allow for the heavy-duty processing. Using multiple lens elements and BBAR to reduce reflections would certainly allow more light to fall onto the sensor, and improve the quality of still photography into the bargain.

Samsung has pushed new camera technology with every release of a Galaxy S handset. 2018 should be no different. The slo-mo feature covers video, but being able to bring new lens technology to the smartphone platform will give Samsung a physical edge over the competition.

By: Forbes

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