Samsung replaced Galaxy S20 Ultra’s DepthVision camera, which is its name for Time of Flight (ToF) sensors, with a laser autofocus sensor on the Galaxy Note 20. Various leaks had suggested the Galaxy S21(S30) will follow suit. A recent trademark filing spotted by Let’s Go Digital suggests otherwise.
The chaebol apparently had a couple of reasons for removing the camera from the Note 20 series. Firstly, the company seemingly doesn’t think the sensor serves a meaningful purpose at the moment.
Sony is to be blamed partially here if the report is to go by. Apparently, Apple has hogged the superior variety, which gives its ToF sensor a better range.
One of the applications of the unit is facial recognition, which means Samsung might place it on the front of its upcoming phones as well.
ISOCELL Vizion could alternatively make a debut with the Galaxy Note 21
Not all patented ideas are commercialized, and there is no indication that the module would be ready in time for the Galaxy S21. However, we had earlier heard about Samsung’s semiconductor arm’s research on a new ToF sensor with a better range, so we are not ruling out the possibility.
The news comes on the heel of a rumor which claims Samsung wants to expand camera module production significantly in 2021 to reduce its reliance on third-party assemblers and suppliers.