Before Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8, speculations were rife that this year’s flagship device will boast a dual camera system. The LG G6 has it and so does the iPhone 7 Plus, Huawei’s P9 and P10. Even the budget phone like the ZTE Blade V8 Pro adapts the same camera setup, so it made sense for the Korean company to follow suit.
Much to everyone’s dismay, the company launched the handset last week without the feature. However, it looks like Samsung did attempt to incorporate it at least on the Galaxy S8+. Adding salt to the injury, alleged images of early prototypes of the model surfaced recently on Facebook (via Sam Mobile).
Samsung Galaxy S8 Prototypes
The images revealed Samsung Galaxy S8+ models with dual cameras at the back along with dual LED flash and a heart rate sensor. One of the photos also sported the model number “SM-G955F.” There is no way to verify the authenticity of the images, at this point. For all we know, they could be fake, so fans should take it with a grain of salt.
However, it’s worth noting that it is a common practice for OEM’s to test different versions of the prototype with varying specifications and features. The final version is picked only after extensive testing and working out all the other variables involved in the process. So whether or not the photos were from Samsung, it’s highly likely that they once considered a dual camera setup but decided otherwise in the end.
It is unclear why they ruled out the feature. But reports pointed out previously that Synaptics, the company developing the on-screen fingerprint sensors, ran out of time to integrate the technology into the Galaxy S8. With the edge-to-edge display taking most of the front part, Samsung had to move the fingerprint sensor at the back of the device. Android Central notes this may have necessitated the switch to the traditional single camera setup.
Dual Cameras Are The Future
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has received generally positive reviews since its unveiling last month. But many believe it falls behind rivals LG and Apple in the camera department. Still, the absence of dual cameras don’t mean we won’t see the tech in Samsung’s next releases.
In fact, the company was already granted a patent for a super thin dual-camera system. It remains to be seen exactly when we’ll see the missing feature in a Galaxy device. It could be on S8’s predecessor but if we’re lucky, the company might be saving it for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to make up for its loss last year. The device has no release date yet, but it should hit the shelves later this year.