Galaxy Note 20 to come with a periscope camera minus the 100x zoom functionality
It is no surprise that Samsung is back to the drawing board after the Galaxy S20 Ultra's monumental failure. Some of the primary concerns about the device were centered around its camera prowess, which, incidentally, was also the linchpin of Samsung's marketing material. Now that the Galaxy Note 20's release date creeps closer, more details about the device have emerged.
The folks over at Galaxyclub.nl stumbled upon some information that states that one of the Galaxy Note 20 phones will come with a periscope lens. It gives credence to an earlier leak that said the series would ditch the 100x Space Zoom branding. While periscope cameras can help achieve high levels of optical zoom, getting to 100x requires a lot of software trickery, and it doesn't look like Samsung wants any of that.
Periscope cameras have been a regular on several flagships for quite some time now, and they've worked just fine. The Galaxy Note 20 series is expected to keep the same 108MP sensor from the Galaxy S20 Ultra. However, there are bound to be some hardware changes to address the autofocus issues plaguing the flagship. Additionally, Samsung might also ax the ToF sensor because a small chunk of people ever use it.
The Galaxy Note 20 series will drop sometime in August via an online-only event. However, someone may spill the beans about its innards well before the official release, as was the case with its predecessor. It'll be interesting to see what Samsung does with the 'base' Galaxy Note 20 variant. Last year's Galaxy Note 10 was relegated to a 1080p screen and no SD card slot and was missing a ToF sensor. The compromises should be a lot more prominent this time around if we use the differences between the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy S20 as reference.