Samsung secures 5x optical zoom units for Galaxy S20, no mention of 10x

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Last updated: January 16th, 2020 at 17:52 UTC+02:00

Work on the camera module for the Galaxy S20 series has begun and according to a recent report, Optrontech – a Sough Korea optical parts manufacturer – has already supplied Samsung with the prisms required to achieve 5x optical zoom. These components are reportedly being assembled into the final camera module for the Galaxy S20 series by Actro and Samsung Electro-Mechanics. Oddly enough, the report doesn’t mention anything about the supposed 10x optical zoom capabilities of the upcoming flagship.

No mention of 10x optical zoom for the Galaxy S20 Ultra or otherwise

There have been a lot of – sometimes conflicting – claims regarding the supposed camera configuration employed by the Galaxy S20 series. One such claim suggests that the Galaxy S20 Ultra will boast 10x optical zoom capabilities, however, the latest report from The Elec makes no mention of this. Instead, it seems to imply that the entire Galaxy S20 series will share the same 5x optical zoom module.

Then again, there’s always the chance that the Galaxy S20 and S20+ will have 5x optical zoom capabilities – as reported way back when the series was being referred to as the Galaxy S11 – while the Galaxy S20 Ultra will get special treatment and impress the crowd with the inclusion of a 10x optical zoom module. Based on the rumors so far, we should expect some differences between the Galaxy S20/Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra camera configuration, at least in terms of resolution, if nothing else.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is rumored to have 10x zoom optics along with a 108MP main camera, a 48MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide shooter. Assuming that the 10x optical zoom rumor turns out to be incorrect, this would cast some doubt on the other claims regarding pixel count as well.

Until we learn more, we should keep in mind that even if the entire Galaxy S20 series will have a 5x optical zoom module, this would still represent a noteworthy upgrade over the current 2x zoom solution used by the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 lineups. Whether it’s going to be 5x or 10x, this is sort of a win-win scenario for fans of the Galaxy brand, unless 10x optical zoom would be the main and/or the only selling point for you.

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