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Samsung to finally remove the pointless depth sensor from its smartphones

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Samsung could finally ditch the not so useful depth sensor from its smartphones, at least for the Galaxy A series. The company is expected to equip its upcoming mid-range trio with just three cameras based on a fresh report from South Korea.


  • Samsung will abandon the depth sensing camera from its Galaxy devices starting next year.
  • The Galaxy A24, A34, and A54 will be launched with a triple cam setup.
  • More brands could also remove not only the depth but also the macro camera.

To date, only a few manufacturers still utilize a depth sensor on their camera phones. You would find the aforementioned sensor mostly from entry-level smartphones that need fancy gimmicks of having multiple cameras. It's a surprise that Samsung has been keeping the ill-fated optics for its mid-range lineup.

According to The Elec, Samsung's Galaxy A24, A34, and A54 models will arrive with triple-camera module next year. The report suggests each shooter will sport a main wide camera, a secondary ultra-wide, and lastly a macro sensor. Specifically, all these Galaxy A snappers are said to take advantage of either a 50MP or 48MP primary camera.

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Nothing Phone 1 with a dual-camera / © NextPit

The recent move ultimately makes way for Samsung to follow prominent brands such as Google on their Google Pixel 6 that rely on dual cameras and software tricky in producing bokeh-rich images instead of cramming an extra component. Even the new startup brand Nothing has recently launched its Nothing Phone (1) with just two cameras.

Additionally, the removal of depth camera could also mean that more brands will likely abandon another ineffective type of sensor, which is the macro. Noticeably, only non-flagship smartphones are still using it, especially from Chinese brands like Xiaomi and Oppo. Regardless, it seems that we could soon see it replaced by a telephoto or periscope camera.

What's your opinion on having multiple cameras on a smartphone? Do you think these extra sensors are just for gimmicks? Let us hear your answers.

Via: GSMArena Source: TheElec

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Jade Bryan

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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  • Simone Costi 21
    Simone Costi Jul 22, 2022 Link to comment

    I thought that the depth camera was used by the AR measurement apps...

    • Stefan Möllenhoff 39
      Stefan Möllenhoff
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      Jul 25, 2022 Link to comment

      The depth camera is not a special camera, the so called bokeh or depth sensor is just a really low-end camera that gives the phone's camera system another eye for 'stereoscopic vision'. It works perfectly well to use the wide and ultra-wide cameras for that. But more cameras, more better—I guess ^^

      Simone Costi