Samsung Galaxy S11 will reportedly sport a next-gen 108 MP camera sensor

Faisal Rasool

While Samsung’s Galaxy S-lineup offers decent camera performance, it would be a stretch to call these flagship offerings ‘camera-centric’, case in point, the Samsung S10 which debuted with a 12-megapixel primary rear-lens. But that is about to change with the next rendition to this popular flagship family. Reportedly, the upcoming Galaxy S11 will feature a jaw-dropping 108-megapixel primary module - - which Samsung already has in mass production. 

In simpler terms, this would be a radical improvement from the modest camera unit sitting on its predecessor -- at least when it comes to the pixel count. As of yet, Samsung's portfolio only offers cameras with a resolution higher than 12-megapixel with mid-range and budget devices.

That said, this isn’t the first time we’re hearing about a 108-megapixel-camera-toting Samsung Galaxy S11. As WhatMobile noted in an earlier news story, the S11 was speculated to feature this particular lens, but news reports from South Korea have finally corroborated these rumors. If that is indeed the case, it would hardly be a surprise since the recently launched Xiaomi Mi Note 10 includes a 108-megapixel main camera manufactured by Samsung.

However, some rumors surrounding the possibility of a different 108-megapixel camera unit have surfaced as well - - which is allegedly still in development. As a credible tipster @UniverseIce predicts, this "new" sensor will build on its predecessor and offer better low-light photography and 6K lossless video, among other improvements.

In the same vein, speculations suggest that the phone will feature a three-lens setup which is likely to offer up to 5X optical zoom. The enhanced zooming capabilities are achieved thanks to the cutting-edge periscope technology. The module maxes out at roughly the same dimensions as the shooters on S10, so it is likely that the cameras on this rendition don't protrude any more than they already do. In any case, if the S11 is the true camera-centric flagship it's expected to be, it should let Samsung pull ahead of its competitors in the race for better smartphone cameras.