Nimish sawantNovember 15, 2018 5:33 PM IST
Samsung has been a leader when it comes to the sales of smartphones and its flagship devices, such as the Galaxy S series, as well as the Galaxy Note Series They have been setting the benchmarks for Android’s flagship design annually.
Samsung is one of the few brands that hasn’t (yet) fallen for the “notch” or “slider module on a screen” trend seen on many Chinese smartphones. Two things that Samsung devices are well known for are their screen and the camera. At Samsung’s Seoul headquarters in the Suwon business district, we got some ideas straight from the mobile screen and camera equipment.
One of the reasons that Samsung phones have yet to see any top-notch styling designs is because the team is focused on reducing the size of the bezels while at the same time ensuring that the phones can still be easily held in place. Palm of the hand. Another area of focus is not giving up on the services on offer, which should be optimized for a display with a notch.
According to Harksang Kim, Head of Mobile Visual Research and Development at Samsung Mobile, “We tried to push the frame up as far as possible. But it is done to ensure that none of the services we offer is compromised in any way. As consumers want more display properties, we are trying to accomplish that in multiple ways, which you will see in our future models. “
When it comes to Samsung displays, we’ve heard of folding displays for years. There is even a speculative name for the mythical device that will launch with a folding screen: the Galaxy X. And every year, it is expected to launch the following year.
This has been going on like a watch since 2013. This year, Samsung is rumored to be talking (again) about commercially making a foldable smartphone shortly. In fact, rumors say that Samsung will talk about it next month at a conference in the United States.
When asked about folding screens, Kim said that Samsung doesn’t want to simply develop a folding screen smartphone as a means of expanding the screen size. According to him, folding screen technology has been with Samsung for a while.
“Simply making a screen foldable is not a new innovation, at least from our perspective. At the moment it only provides a larger screen. But the research we are interested in is providing a better user experience in terms of multitasking when the screen is displayed, “said Kim.
Asked about Samsung’s plans to carry a fingerprint scanner in a future Samsung device, Kim said that Samsung offers three biometric ways to unlock your device using iris scanning, face scanning, and a dedicated fingerprint sensor.
“We have been preparing for optical fingerprint sensors, however there are some challenges. We want to make sure there is no scope for snooping using those kinds of sensors. “Personal identification is directly linked to personal information, and because that carries a potential risk to consumer safety, therefore we took our time to develop on-screen fingerprint technology,” said Kim.
QLED televisions have already started to be sold in many markets around the world. LED quantum dot sports TVs offer the promise of better picture quality and lower power consumption. Just like we’ve seen OLED displays hitting the smartphone form factor, is it the right time for a sports smartphone QLED display?
“While QLED offers many benefits, there are critical issues with embedding it within a smartphone,” said Kim.
In a QLED configuration, more quantum dots result in better color reproduction. Since smartphone screens have a high dpi resolution, it is difficult to have a large number of quantum dots packed into such a small area for accurate color reproduction according to Kim. On the other hand, if one is too aggressive in adding more quantum dots, energy efficiency suffers. It’s safe to say that we’re still years away from seeing a sports smartphone with a QLED display.
Moving on from screens, one quirky thing we’ve seen Samsung Mobile do in the recent past is add more than two camera modules to its smartphones. The samsung Galaxy A7 comes with three rear cameras, while the Galaxy A9 It comes with four rear cameras. Where does it stop?
“The idea behind having multiple rear cameras is to offer our customers the features that are found in DSLR cameras, which is a kind of benchmark that we look at,” said Kim. By that he meant giving users a choice of lenses with different focal lengths to capture different styles of photographs.
For example, on the Galaxy A7, we get a regular camera module, a zoom lens, and a wide-angle lens, reflecting that aspect of changing lenses on your DSLR camera for a particular type of photography.
But it is interesting to see that this type of camera module is not part of the flagship series, but of the mid-range A series. In our review of the Galaxy A7, we found the implementation of the triple lens module in the A7 to be quite decent. There are, of course, room for improvement, such as offering a focus-to-focus option for the ultra-wide lens and improving low-light photography, among other things.
“We are studying the real use case and the benefits of having these multiple camera modules. We also plan to expand this technology to other product series, ”said Kim.
Kim also mentioned that the camera will not only be used to capture high-quality images, but with the proliferation of AR, it will also be used as a means of communication.
Makes a wonder, will the next Galaxy S10 also have more than two cameras on the rear? Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it did, considering that with the A7 / A9, Samsung will have had enough data points to account for.
Disclaimer: The correspondent was invited by Samsung to Seoul, South Korea. All travel and accommodation expenses were borne by Samsung India.