Samsung tipped to avoid 3D ToF sensors for the Galaxy S22 series
According to ETNews, Samsung's has decided against equipping the Galaxy S22 series with 3D ToF cameras. Citing industry sources, ETNews claims that Samsung had reviewed equipping its next flagship smartphone series with 3D ToF sensors, marketing as DepthVision cameras, which it first used two years ago in the Galaxy S10 series. The company abandoned DepthVision as of the Galaxy Note 20 series, but it supposedly considering returning to the technology after Apple equipped LiDAR cameras in the iPhone 12 series.
Apparently, Samsung believes that regular cameras can now achieve what consumers would expect from augmented reality experiences, negating the need to include a 3D ToF sensor. Samsung's LSI subsidiary has been producing the ISOCELL Vizion 33D, a 3D ToF sensor since last year, so it would seem odd if Samsung did not showcase it on a flagship smartphone at some stage.
In saying that, the Galaxy S21 Ultra manages just fine without a 3D ToF camera, as we covered in our review of it. The standard Galaxy S21 is no slouch either, despite possessing inferior camera hardware.