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New Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra render showcases Penta-camera setup

Samsung may bring back the ToF sensor with the Galaxy S21 Ultra
Samsung may bring back the ToF sensor with the Galaxy S21 Ultra (image via Voice)
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is all set to be the first Samsung device to come with five rear camera sensors. The 108MP wide-angle lens will likely be joined by two telephoto and one ultra-wide-angle lens, along with a ToF sensor. Samsung is likely to unveil the phone sometime in January 2021.

We've heard quite a few rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra's camera system. One of them suggests that Samsung is going the Huawei way and employing two telephoto lenses on the device. A new leak seems to agree with the previous speculation.

Renowned leaker OnLeaks (via Voice) says that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a Penta-camera setup, a first for Samsung. At this point, it is quite evident that the star of the show will be Samsung's brand new 108MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor. That leaves us with room for one lens, which will likely be ultra-wide-angle.

Things get interesting with the fifth mystery sensor. Samsung seems to have lost interest in the ToF sensor, as demonstrated by an earlier story, and the fact that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra didn't ship with one. However, a recent trademark application tells us that Samsung is working on a brand new ToF sensor, which could debut alongside the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The likelihood of that happening is somewhat high, given that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra fell flat against the Galaxy S20 Ultra on DxOMark's suite of tests.

Despite its marginally better DxOMark score, the Galaxy S20 Ultra suffered from quite a few camera defects, some of which were due to faulty hardware. One can only hope that Samsung has learned from its mistakes, as the Exynos 2100 alone might not be enough to convince users to buy a near-US$1,300 smartphone.

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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-10-29 (Update: 2020-10-30)
Anil Satyanarayana
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I've been a stereotypical 'nerd' ever since. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry. When I'm not writing news on Notebookcheck, you can find me playing or watching an intense match of DOTA 2