Galaxy S21 camera rumors: Take a look at that leaked camera bump redesign
We gathered all the rumors, leaks and educated guesses swirling around Samsung's forthcoming flagship, the Galaxy S21.
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Word on the street is that
releasing the Galaxy S21 a bit early this year. Samsung sent invitations to its Jan. 14 Galaxy Unpacked event on the last day of CES, and we're expecting to see its full 2021 flagship lineup unveiled later today: The Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra, if Samsung follows its usual naming conventions.
Blass followed up his earlier leak with an even more comprehensive collection of leaked Galaxy S21 promo slides earlier today. If
are true, the S21 and S21 Plus will have identical triple-camera setups on the back and a single hole-punch front camera, while the S21 Ultra gets an additional telephoto lens.
Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus cameras
Selfie camera: 10 megapixels
Rear ultrawide: 12 megapixels
Rear main: 12 megapixels
Rear telephoto: 64 megapixels
Galaxy S21 Ultra cameras
Selfie camera: 40 megapixels
Rear ultrawide: 12 megapixels
Rear main: 108 megapixels
Rear telephoto: 10 megapixels, 3x zoom
Rear telephoto: 10 megapixels, 10x zoom
Will Galaxy S21 get a redesigned camera module?
Leaked images of the forthcoming Galaxy S21 show what looks like a redesigned camera bump, which could potentially be more flush with the body of the phone and look less like a "glued-on domino," as CNET's Iyaz Akhtar described it. The shape of the camera module is also changing, from the rounded-corner rectangle of the S20 to a shape that's more integrated into the edge of the phone, with two rounded corners and two right angles.
We can also conclude from the leaks that the flash will be outside the camera bump, at least on the S21 and S21 Plus, and that the hole-punch selfie camera on the front of the phone precludes an under-display camera.
With its extra telephoto lens, the Galaxy S21 Ultra's camera module looks like it's going to be massive. While the S21's flash will be outside of the camera module, the S21 Ultra's is incorporated, just to the right of the camera housing.
As far as features go, we're expecting to see the S20 Ultra's 100 Space Zoom reappear here, which is Samsung's term for a hybrid of digital and optical zoom technology. And we also assume the S21 Ultra's 108-megapixel rear camera will use the pixel binning method (previously seen on the S20 Ultra), which helps the camera take great photos in the dark.