If the rumors are true, the Samsung Galaxy S10 family will break camera records next year as the Galaxy S10+ will arrive with five cameras in total – three in the back and two in the front – while the Galaxy S10 5G will add a new Time of Flight (ToF) Sensor in the rear.
The ToF camera can be used for 3D-sensing the environment before the phone’s lenses and input the data gathered in real-time augmented or virtual reality apps. It may also detect various gestures like on the first phone with such a camera, the Oppo R17 Pro. This technology can be used also to calculate distances.
Today, some Korean media claim that the mid-range A series will also add ToF cameras in 2019. Not only that, but sources in the supply chain indicate that Apple will also have a 3D sensor camera on their iPhones in 2019. LG will supply the ToF module to Apple, while Samsung will trust its SEMCO and Patron suppliers, according to the report.
Qualcomm, for its part, will integrate 3D detection algorithms in its next Snapdragon 855 chipset, although we will have to wait for the event that is scheduled for tomorrow to learn the details of the new chip.
It is worth to mention that Samsung Galaxy S10+ is rumored to come with Dual Front Cameras, Also the handset will indeed pack what we call an Infinity-O display, which basically means they’ll have a cut out hole in the screen for the front camera.