It's way too soon to be sure of what the Galaxy S21 might bring to the table. It has only been a couple of months since Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 lineup, but that obviously doesn't mean that work isn't already underway on next year's flagship.
The latest word out of Taiwan is that Samsung is testing some rather interesting camera specs for its 2021 flagship. It may be looking to eliminate some of the pain points that Galaxy S20 Ultra customers have complained about.
New report sheds some light on possible Galaxy S21 camera specs
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's camera suffered from a few issues right out the gate. It would particularly struggle with focusing on the subject. While the company has fixed many of the issues through subsequent firmware updates, it just wasn't a good look for its top-of-the-line flagship.
Samsung is now said to be changing the Galaxy S21 camera specs, with laser autofocus seemingly being dropped. One of the current development models is rumored to sport a 150-megapixel main sensor with a 64-megapixel telephoto, 16-megapixel wide-angle and a 12-megapixel macro sensor. Some earlier reports have suggested that Samsung might drop the ToF sensor as early as this year for the Galaxy Note 20, but it's listed as part of the setup for the Galaxy S21 in this report.
It's claimed that two versions of this model are being tested. One that has Optical Image Stabilization on the main and telephoto sensors in addition to the selfie camera and the other which has OIS for the main, telephoto and wide-angle cameras.
The macro camera has so far been limited to Samsung's Galaxy A series only. There were rumors that it could be included in the Galaxy S20 as well but it wasn't, so it remains a possibility for next year's flagship. Samsung is also ramping up its work on higher resolution sensors which makes a 150-megapixel main sensor plausible as well.
However, this is just pure speculation at this point in time. There's a good chance that things could change down the line as the development process advances. The actual situation of the Galaxy S21 camera specs may not become evident until at least the second half of this year.