First Samsung Galaxy S22 leak says Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera unlikely

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Samsung Galaxy S22’s rear camera array is unlikely to have a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor, per a Korean news outlet

A ToF sensor counts the amount of time it takes for a reflected beam of light to bounce back to a sensor and this helps with 3D mapping for portrait images and facial recognition.

The Galaxy S10 5G, Note10+, and last year’s S20 series had the tech, but it was left out of the Note 20 and Galaxy S21 range and it doesn’t look like it will be returning with the Galaxy S22.

An insider privy to the matter has said that consumer response to camera arrays without a ToF unit has not been bad and thus the company has decided to not equip the Galaxy S22 with it. 

Samsung seemingly thinks its flagship phones don’t need a ToF unit because it doesn’t serve a meaningful purpose at the moment. It might return when augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) apps take off. 

That’s not to say Samsung has given up on ToF sensors. In November of last year, the company introduced an ISOCELL Vizion 33D ToF unit. It has a 4-tap demodulation system for precise depth measurement of fast-moving objects and Samsung also says that it can map a user’s face accurately in dim environments. For now, the company allegedly plans to sell it to Chinese smartphone vendors. 

Beyond the omission of the ToF camera, almost nothing is known about the Galaxy S22 series. It will likely be unveiled in the first quarter of 2022. 

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