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Samsung to add a second telephoto lens on the Galaxy S21 in place of the ToF sensor


Samsung‘s latest Galaxy S20 models featured a 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor and a Telephoto lens on the rear camera setup. According to South Korean website TheElec, the tech giant may have got plans to add a second telephoto lens on the device.

The report says Samsung will replace the 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor with a second telephoto lens while still retaining the Quad-camera setup of the upcoming flagship model.

The Galaxy S21 will reportedly have a 12MP ultrawide camera, a 108MP wide-angle lens, a 10MP 3x optical zoom telephoto lens and then a folded zoom telephoto. The folded zoom telephoto camera will support over 5x zoom.

Apart from the folded zoom telephoto camera, the specs for the remaining three cameras are said to be the same in terms of pixels. The flagship model will pack a huge 40MP front camera.

The 3D ToF sensor was yanked off the Galaxy Note 20 as the sensor was seldom used by owners of the Galaxy S20. Also, the sensor was below par with that of Apple’s from where it drew inspiration.


If Samsung indeed included a twin telephoto camera setup on the Galaxy S21, it will be tilting towards Huawei P40 Pro Plus which features a 3X optical zoom lens and a 10X folded zoom. The P40 Pro Plus also has a ToF module, though, as it features a five-camera set-up With two telephoto cameras, the device will allow larger areas to be zoomed in without hurting the picture’s resolution. Unlike when there was one telephoto, the areas between 3x and 5x will actually magnify the real object.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus features two Telephoto lenses

Samsung was recently reported to have changed the codename for the Galaxy S21 from Unbound to Palette. The top model of the Galaxy S21 will also have the S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series shipment is projected to peak at about 20 million units this year, much lower than the 30 million units on average of previous Galaxy S series models. It is expected that the Galaxy S21 will mark a rebound for the company.

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