Samsung's new LEDs will make better camera in Galaxy S5

The Korean electronics giant talked up new components ahead of Mobile World Congress and the unveiling of the Galaxy S5 next week.

Samsung's 3421 1.8t reflector integrated flash LEd package will be used in the Galaxy S5 and will enable better photos in daylight and at night. Samsung
The Galaxy S5 hasn't been launched yet, but Samsung is already providing some glimpses of what the device will be like.

The components side of the Korean company on Tuesday unveiled several new leading-edge LED components for mobile devices. At least one of those, a reflector-integrated flash LED, will show up in the Galaxy S5, Samsung said.

The new reflector-integrated flash LEDs will give smartphone cameras a wider field of view within a small space. They do that by integrated a light source, a lead frame, and a reflector with its own optics and diffusion features. Those result in better photos in both daylight and nighttime, with everybody in the photo illuminated, not just the people in the center.

One reflector-integrated flash LED, named the 3432 1.8t (FH341A), will be used in the next Galaxy smartphone because of the LED's "superb performance levels," Samsung said. The company will introduce the Galaxy S5 next week in Barcelona.

Along with the new reflector-integrated flash LED packages, Samsung also unveiled a new standard flash LED, which provides a high level of color quality. It also introduced a couple new high brightness side-view LEDs, which feature high color reproducibility. The reflector-integrated flash LED will be mass produced for mobile devices starting in March and will appear in the open market in the second quarter.

Samsung is one of the few companies that not only designs and builds its own mobile devices but also makes its own components. That allows Samsung to integrate the most advanced features possible, as well as better control the timing for new hardware items.

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