Samsung shouldn’t ditch the Galaxy S22’s 108MP main camera for a new component with higher pixels. However, the South Korean tech giant might be planning to improve the camera’s photography features through some software upgrades.
While some tech fans are clamoring for Samsung’s next high-end smartphone to upgrade to a 200MP main sensor, reports indicate that this change is unlikely to be implemented in the Galaxy S22 series. That means the 108MP camera, with a few upgrades, should still be the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s main shutter.
However, Hardware suggested the 108MP sensor upgrades could go beyond a few hardware tweaks. The publication reported finding strings in the code of the Samsung Camera app referring to a new feature called “Detail Enhancer”.
The name of the reported Samsung camera feature is self-explanatory, and the same report speculates that it could enable the Galaxy S22 Ultra camera to function as a microlens. Oppo made this type of sensor more popular among smartphone users with the release of the Find X3 Pro earlier this year.
Meanwhile, strings from the Samsung Camera app suggest there might be a button for the Detail Enhancer feature. A string also includes the message: “Turn on detail enhancement to capture even more detail”.
The same report, however, noted that the Detail Enhancer feature would take advantage of the main 108MP sensor. This means that the Galaxy S22 Ultra is probably the only model in the series to have this feature. But given that this is a software-based camera enhancement, it wouldn’t be surprising if Samsung later brought this feature to older Galaxy phones with 108MP sensors. Existing Samsung phones with 108MP cameras include the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Previous leaks claimed that the Galaxy S22 Ultra Cameras also includes a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 10MP telephoto lens and a 10MP periscope sensor. The standard Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ should retain a triple rear camera with a 50MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle shutter and a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom.
Samsung fans still have to wait for the company to confirm the reported hardware and camera features. The Galaxy S22 series is expected to launch in February 2022.