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Samsung reportedly develops ultra-compact 5x zoom module for future smartphones

A Samsung staff member with the new 5x zoom module. (Source: ETNews)
A Samsung staff member with the new 5x zoom module. (Source: ETNews)
Samsung has reportedly unveiled a new kind of smartphone camera component in South Korea. It apparently confers 5x zoom on a device, without creating an ugly bulge extending from its rear panel. However, this module may not be destined for upcoming flagships such as the Galaxy Note 10 yet.

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Samsung's Electro-Mechanics (SEM) division has reportedly unveiled one of its newest creations in South Korea. It is a new 5x zoom module intended for components such as smartphone cameras. At just 5mm in width, SEM claims that it solves the problem of the 'camera bulge' seen in even premium devices such as the Huawei P30 Pro.

Much like the existing 5X zoom lens found in the aforementioned P30 Pro, the Samsung component solves the problem of needing stacked lenses for enhanced magnification in smartphones. This is done by taking light in through a right-angled prism, which is transmitted to an image sensor located at the opposite end of the module.

However, this Samsung take on the concept may not be implemented in upcoming releases such as the Galaxy Note 10 (or its multiple rumored variants, even). It is apparently destined for distribution to another mobile device, OPPO, beforehand. It may succeed and improve on the pre-existing zoom system currently found in the flagship Reno phone.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-05-22 (Update: 2019-05-22)