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Samsung's flagship smartphones, especially the Ultra model, are known for their versatile and extended zoom capabilities. All this began to change when the Galaxy S24 Ultra (review) arrived with a lower zoom level. Now, a new rumor has indicated the South Koreans will drop a notable sensor in next year's Galaxy S25 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S25 Ultra: One camera less?

According to information shared by leaker Sperandio4Tech on X, Samsung is reportedly testing the Galaxy S25 Ultra without a 3x telephoto camera. This leaves the future rear module setup comprising a main wide camera, which is touted to remain unchanged, alongside a familiar ultra-wide and new periscope telephoto shooter.

The removal of the dated 3x telephoto shooter is said to be replaced by the 200 MP main camera that will support capturing photos at 3x zoom by relying on the in-crop sensor zooming instead of using an actual lens. To compensate for the loss in detail, it was further described that primary shooter will receive improved image processing.

It also appears Samsung is copying some methods already utilized in its mid-range camera phones and by other brands like Apple in its iPhone 15 (review) and iPhone 14, although at a lower zoom level.

The 10x telephoto lens in the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra has been replaced by a 5x telephoto lens.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra dispenses with the second 10x telephoto lens and uses a 5x lens instead. / © nextpit

At the same time, the new periscope lens is said to offer variable zoom levels at two levels of 4x to 5x and 6x to 7x. The latter will be a notable upgrade from the existing periscope camera of the Galaxy S24 Ultra with a fixed 5x zoom. Meanwhile, the 12 MP ultra-wide shooter is believed to remain unchanged.

It's unclear if these cameras will make it to the final Galaxy S25 Ultra model. Likewise, this is the first time we've heard of such details coming from a leaker with a mixed track record, so take this with a pinch of salt.

Nonetheless, Samsung simplifying the camera module in the Galaxy S25 Ultra sounds like a logical step in moving forward than overwhelming users with a huge number of sensors. With one less camera, this could mean the flagship handset will sport a refreshed look behind.

If you're going to pick which cameras to use in the Galaxy S25 Ultra, which setup would you choose? Let us hear your opinion.

Source: ISAQUES81 on X

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Jade Bryan

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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