Samsung Galaxy S22 series could get rid of 3D ToF sensor: report

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S21 phones also lack a 3D ToF sensor.

Highlights
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 will not feature a 3D ToF sensor for depth and augmented reality.
  • Samsung believes that the tech doesn’t really have clear advantages.
  • Instead, the next Galaxy flagship could feature an even larger main sensor that can provide natural depth of field.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 flagship may continue to not use a 3D ToF sensor in its camera setup, according to a new report. Many flagship phone makers have used this sensor to improve the depth of field in portrait photography. It is also used for augmented reality, but Samsung believes that the technology doesn’t offer enough advantages over traditional methods of attaining a depth of field. The company did use these sensors on its phones prior to removing them from the recent Galaxy S21 and the Note 20 series. 

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Although it’s too early for Galaxy S22 rumours, there have been some popping up here and there. In a recent report, ET News from Korea states that Samsung will skip the 3D ToF sensor on the Galaxy S22 series of phones. It has received information from a source familiar with Samsung’s development plans for the phone.

According to this source, the consumers really don’t find the 3D ToF sensor that useful. The company did want to use the technology in its latest phones, as Apple had incorporated it on the iPhone 12 series. However, it decided against it, and therefore, even the Galaxy S22 will not feature the sensor. 

The 3D ToF sensor was first introduced in phones back in 2018, and Samsung was one of the first to use it. The technology can improve portrait mode thanks to better depth effects. However, the results aren’t that better than traditional means of portrait photography on a phone. Manufacturers have relied on standard depth/telephoto sensors, software, and better auto-focus to improve depth effects. You can also use a 3D ToF sensor for augmented reality, and that seems to be its main focus area right now.