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Word on the street is that Samsung's releasing the a bit early this year. Samsung sent invitations to its on the last day of , 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.
(including the possibility of and the ), and we've already seen speculation and leaks about the new phone's , and . What most people are excited for, however, is some new camera tricks.
When Samsung's 2020 flagship lineup, the Galaxy S20, was released just under a year ago, we were pretty impressed with the camera setup. We loved trying out, and . It's safe to say expectations are high for Samsung's 2021 followup. Here's what we've heard so far about the Galaxy S21's camera.
Galaxy S21's rumored camera specs
Reputable leaker Evan Blass released a veritable treasure trove of Galaxy S21 camera info on Twitter earlier this month, detailing the resolutions and specs for all three phones. These specs appear to corroborate earlier leaks.
Blass followed up his earlier leak with an even more comprehensive collection of rumors 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.earlier today. If
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,". 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.
What about the S21 Ultra's cameras?
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 thereappear 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 method (previously seen on the S20 Ultra), which helps the camera take great photos in the dark.
Until Samsung's Unpacked event this morning, all we can do is speculate. Check out ourfor the latest news we've heard so far, and , when the S21 (and its cameras) will probably be revealed.
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