Galaxy Note 8’s dual-lens camera will be ‘much better’ than iPhone’s


Samsung's next-generation Note will have two rear-facing cameras.
Samsung's next-generation Note will have two rear-facing cameras.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Samsung isn’t giving up on its Galaxy Note lineup following last year’s exploding battery fiasco. According to one reliable analyst, a Galaxy Note 8 is coming with a dual-lens camera that will be “much better than that of the iPhone 7 Plus.”

Fans were surprised Samsung didn’t bring a dual-lens camera to the Galaxy S8 series to compete with iPhone 7 Plus — especially after images of a prototype device containing two camera lenses surfaced shortly following the handset’s official unveiling.

But the South Korean company isn’t ignoring the upgrade. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will feature two rear-facing cameras, and they will be “the most important upgrade” offered by the phablet.

One will be a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera offering dual photodiode technology, while the other will be a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor. Both will feature six-element lenses and optical image stabilization, and they’ll combine to provide 3x optical zoom, beating iPhone 7 Plus’s 2x optical zoom.

Kuo promises that the “Note 8’s dual-camera will be much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus.” However, he expects Apple to catch up with its next-generation iSight camera with this year’s “OLED iPhone.”

Before we dismiss these claims, we should remember that Kuo is famous for being a remarkably reliable analyst who normally reports on Apple’s next movements. He was one of the first to reveal this year’s iPhone upgrade would offer bigger OLED displays and an all-new glass form factor.

Other features of the Note 8, according to Kuo, will be a rear-facing fingerprint scanner like the Galaxy S8, a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ display, and either Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 processors (depending on the region).

Kuo also offers some insight into Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ performance so far. He claims both handsets have been received “better than expected,” and as a result, KGI is significantly increasing its 2017 shipment predictions from 40-45 million units to 50-55 million units.

“We attribute this to a better- than-expected selling point in the full-screen design,” reads Kuo’s note to investors.

“Post-launch market response a big thumbs up for full-screen design, offsetting our concerns. Although the full-screen design has not created any new applications, its form factor will be effective in attracting high-end users.”

Kuo previously claimed the Galaxy S8 “lacked attractive selling points” and suggested it would not sell well — especially with a big iPhone upgrade coming later this year.

  • b9bot

    Google said there camera was much better than an iPhone. But as it turned out it wasn’t any better then any Android that was out there already. Stop trying to make a headline out of nothing!

  • P-Dog

    It needs to have a better camera system so that the Galaxy’s Iris reading security feature can grant unrestricted access even more quickly when fooled with a lower-res photograph of the phone’s owner.