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Galaxy Note 10 Pro might not have dual front cameras, and that’s okay

Earlier this month, Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro renders showed up for the first time, and they both had one thing in common: A single front camera placed in the center of the display. With the Galaxy S10+ sporting dual front cameras and the Galaxy S10 5G having four, many of us expected the Galaxy Note 10 Pro would have two front cameras at the very least. But it doesn’t look like that will be the case, and that’s probably a good thing.

Why? First off, the pill-shaped dual front camera cutout on the Galaxy S10+ looks rather ugly, and the three-camera setup on the 5G model looks even worse. Secondly, having a second camera doesn’t really make for substantially better bokeh selfies, as we had seen when we compared Live Focus selfies taken with a Galaxy S10e and an S10+. Well, there’s certainly some difference, but it’s not big enough to justify having to bear the sight of that pill-shaped cutout when you’re not taking selfies.

And with the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro expected to have centered front camera cutouts, a dual camera setup is out of the question. However, the Galaxy Note 10 5G might have two front cameras, with the second one being a ToF (Time-of-Flight) sensor to enable background blur in videos and augmented reality experiences. At least that’s what we expect, especially after Samsung made a big deal about how 5G speeds will enable consumers to do more with the imaging prowess of the Galaxy S10 5G.

The Galaxy Note 10 is a couple of months away from launch, so it’s possible the actual product won’t be like the one we are seeing in all the leaks that are floating out there right now. But chances of that happening are slim if history is any guide. These leaks and rumors more often than not turn out to be accurate, and the Note 10 Pro is most likely going to have only a single selfie shooter like its less feature-packed sibling.

And that’s okay.

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