Samsung is going to have to knock it out of the park with the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, which ultimately resulted in a complete recall and a discontinuation of the product, might scare people away from Samsung’s next-generation products. Samsung may have a few tricks up its sleeves to wow consumers, however.
ETNews out of South Korea said this week that Samsung is planning to add a front-facing camera with auto-focus to the Galaxy S8. It would be the first of its kind, at least that I can think of in a mainstream phone, though other companies have started to add features like optical image stabilization (OIS) to improve selfie photos. Auto-focus would allow the camera to focus on a specific area and, as we know from Samsung’s current crop of smartphones, the company is great at helping to create some of the fastest auto-focusing mobile cameras in the business.
As ETNews notes, most front-facing cameras use fixed-focus lenses. In other words, there’s no focus on one specific object, just the entire scene at once. Improved focus could help add a bit of a bokeh effect and allow front-facing selfies to look better, perhaps even as good as those shot by the rear-facing camera.
Galaxy S8 auto-focus selfie camera could help the phone stand out
Smartphone makers have long tried to improve the front-facing cameras with standout features. The aforementioned OIS option was added to devices like the HTC 10 this year. Over the past few years, wide-angle lenses also grew in popularity, allowing consumers to capture more of the scene, or snap group-selfie photos. Auto-focus may build on that trend.
True to form, Samsung hasn’t confirmed any of the report from ETNews. Samsung typically unveils its new Galaxy smartphones during Mobile World Congress at the end of February, though recent reports have suggested it will wait until April to unveil the Galaxy S8. The later date may give it the extra time it needs to double check quality control to make sure the Galaxy S8 has the features consumers want while also offering a safe package. Another faulty incident, especially if it creates a potentially dangerous product like the Galaxy Note 7, could spell big trouble for Samsung’s future in the smartphone industry.
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