Most of the information about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is either from leaks in the supply chain or based on expert opinion. But now, Samsung has started hinting at the Note 8’s features, including practically confirming a dual-camera set up on the new device.
If you look at the web page of Exynos 8895, Samsung’s new System-on-Chip (SoC) built on the 10nm-FinFET manufacturing process, you’ll see this:
“The Exynos 8895 features dual ISP (Image Signal Processor) with one ISP dedicated to high quality and the other dedicated to low power. Thus, it enables various combinations of dual camera scenarios for a DSLR-like photography experience while consuming very low power.”
The Exynos 8895 will feature on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 alongside the Snapdragon 835, both of which are 10nm chips. And both support dual camera setups. There’s no way Samsung would go to all that trouble just to have the same single-camera sensor on board the Galaxy Note 8. In fact, there were rumors last year about the dual camera coming to the larger S8, the Plus version. But that never materialized. This time’s the charm.
Of course, we still don’t know what “dual camera scenarios” Samsung is talking about, since dual camera setups can be used for a variety of purposes, including optical zoom, bokeh effect (iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode), panorama shots and so on.
But at least now we know that Samsung is all set up for a dual camera, and the Galaxy Note 8’s other rumors and case leaks sort of validate that. This, in fact, could be the first confirmation of an important feature to come directly from Samsung. Earlier this week the Exynos promotional image showed a smartphone that was thought to be the Note 8, but it was more like a teaser than a realistic rendering of the new smartphone.
Earlier this week the Exynos promotional image showed a smartphone that was thought to be the Note 8, but it was more like a teaser than a realistic rendering of the new smartphone.
But the description on the Exynos specs page is undeniable. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will most definitely be the first Galaxy device with a dual camera. Of course, you could throw that old argument at me about nothing being confirmed until the company makes it official. But I think it already has.