June 16, 2024
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Leak: Galaxy S25 Ultra is getting a long-awaited camera upgrade

Samsung has always positioned its Galaxy S smartphones as must-haves for mobile photography enthusiasts. It includes higher resolution sensors (and more) than most competing devices, but you can only get the best camera setup with the company's top-of-the-line devices. The upcoming Galaxy S25 Ultra is rumored to receive another camera upgrade, but the main shooter will not change. Instead, it's the other cameras that get a boost.

He Galaxy S24 Ultra It has one of the most impressive camera setups you can get, backed by a 200MP wide-angle shooter and three other cameras of different focal lengths. Longtime smartphone leaker Ice Universe has appeared on the Chinese social network Weibo with a juicy piece of information. According to Mr. Universe, this phone will have a trio of 50MP sensors in addition to the main sensor.

There are no images or documents to support this claim; The leaker has a solid track record, but take it with a grain of salt. As far as we can tell, the S25 Ultra, as described in the post, will still have a 200MP main camera and a 50MP 5x periscope module. They are the same as the S24 Ultra. The update comes with the other zoom lens (3x) and the ultra wide angle. Samsung's current flagship has those 10MP and 12MP sensors, respectively. Upgrading both to 50MP makes the overall imaging experience much stronger.

S25 Ultra camera leak


Credit: Weibo

Samsung Made a notable change for the S24 Ultra, reducing the periscope camera from 10x to a 5x zoom. While the lens has less reach, the sensor has increased to a resolution of 50MP. The idea is that you can zoom from 1x (or 0.5x ultra wide angle) up to 10x without problems and without a noticeable drop in quality. Narrowing the gap between zoom lenses helps achieve this. Upgrading the ultra-wide and 3x cameras to the same resolution as the periscope improves zoom consistency, as you wouldn't have to go all the way to 5x to get the additional resolution of the 50MP sensor.

Separate rumors have suggested that Samsung could replace the 200 megapixel sensor on the S25 Ultra with a newer and physically larger version. If that happens simultaneously with the zoom and ultra-wide updates, Samsung's new flagship could have a chance to get ahead of Google and Apple in mobile photography. While both Google and Apple have advanced camera systems, Samsung's approach relies on more powerful hardware than the software processing that makes the Pixel and iPhone's lower-resolution cameras shine.

We won't see the S25 Ultra until early next year, but Samsung usually announces new camera sensors for its next flagship phone several months beforehand. The fate of the S25 and S25+ is also unclear. The less expensive Galaxy S phones are typically a generation or two behind in camera hardware, but both phones should feature some new sensors.

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