Samsung could beat Apple to dual-lens smartphone cameras

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The Galaxy Note 7 edge could have a second camera here.
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It looks like a dual-lens camera will be the most exciting upgrade for the iPhone 7 Plus this year, but you might be able to get one a month early from Samsung.

According to one report, the South Korean company is expected to deliver one inside the Galaxy Note 7 edge, which is due to make its debut in mid-August.

In case you hadn’t already heard, Samsung is said to be following up last year’s Galaxy Note 5 with the Galaxy Note 7. It’s going to be so good, it’s skipping a whole generation (or something). But the Galaxy Note 7 edge could be even better!

In addition to curved glass front and back, an improved “Slim RGB” display with Quad HD resolution, and a 4,000mAh battery, the Note 7 edge will be Samsung’s first phone with a dual-lens camera system, according to sources in Taiwan.

It won’t be the first Android with dual cameras, of course. The HTC One M8, which made its debut over two years ago, can claim that title — and we’ve seen a return of the dual-lens setup this year in devices like the Huawei P9 and the LG G5.

None of these are likely to give the iPhone 7 Plus a run for its money like the Note 7 edge will, though. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 series has already helped crush demand for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus this year, and it will be doing all it can to ensure that continues.

Other features we expect to see from the Note 7 and the Note 7 edge include water-resistant designs, USB-C connectivity, up to 6GB of RAM, and expandable storage. The devices are also likely to usher in the new Snapdragon 823 processor from Qualcomm.