Samsung Galaxy S10 could come with 3D TOF sensors

Samsung's 2019 triple cameras could also include 3D TOF. (Source: GizGuide)
Samsung's 2019 triple cameras could also include 3D TOF. (Source: GizGuide)
A Korean IT news outlet claims that Samsung is developing three-dimensional time-of-flight (3D TOF) modules for next year's phones. 3D TOF is linked to improved depth-sensing and AR capabilities. The Galaxy S10 line may be in line for these next-gen sensors.
Deirdre O Donnell,

The Galaxy S9 series' successor (or possibly successors) seem to gain more bells and whistles with each leak associated with them. This is not exactly unusual for Samsung's increasingly expensive early-year line of flagships. However, the Korean company appears to be really pushing the limits of technological advancement for its 10-year anniversary as premium smartphone builders.

The latest report on the S10 line from the Korean IT news site ETNews asserts that Samsung has hree-dimensional time-of-flight (3D TOF) capabilities in mind for its 2019 phones. 3D TOF can be incorporated into an image sensor, and offers enhanced sensing of depth, and, thus, perspective, in photos. 3D TOF may also be applied to improved facial recognition and augmented-reality (AR) features. 

Some other hardware manufacturers, particularly OPPO and MediaTek, are also associated with 3D TOF that can be brought to phones. For example, some of MediaTek's next-gen chips may use it to enhance smartphone photography and user authentication. OPPO, on the other hand, has already incorporated 3D TOF into the R17 (or RX17 for European consumers). 

ETNews alleges that Samsung plans to include the new tech in the 5G Galaxy S10 and into the Galaxy A (2019) line. Therefore, these devices may be particularly interesting when they finally come out next year.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-11-21 (Update: 2018-11-21)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.