A new report out of Korea suggests Samsung is planning to introduce autofocus tech to the front-facing camera on its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8.
Samsung will apparently be integrating an encoder-type AF actuator on the Galaxy S8 selfie camera modules. Rear cameras usually use a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) method for AF. The main difference between the two is that while VCM method has coils in the center of lenses, encoder method has coils on the side, which allows camera modules to be slimmer. A slimmer camera module in turn helps the smartphone to be made slimmer as well.
The AF actuator part controls the location of lenses in a camera module and adjusts focus of lenses automatically. A camera equipped with an AF actuator is capable of finding the optimal focal distance, based on the location of the subject.
Samsung has so far only used fixed-focus front-facing camera modules on its smartphones, so the Galaxy S8 will be the company’s first smartphone with an autofocus selfie camera. The adoption of AF selfie camera on the Galaxy S8 is expected to help differentiate it from rivals and also deliver better image quality without simply going for a higher resolution sensor like most smartphone makers seem to be doing lately.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to debut in April next year with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 SoC, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, higher screen-to-body ratio, optical fingerprint scanner, and more.
Source: ETNews Korea