Rumors are swirling about the camera setup on Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S24 Ultra. According to leaker Ice Universe on Weibo, the Galaxy S24 Ultra may feature only three rear cameras, instead of the usual four that have been a hallmark of the Ultra lineup in recent years. The 3x telephoto sensor, which has been a staple of previous Galaxy Ultra phones, may be omitted from the camera setup this time. It is also rumored that the Galaxy S24 Ultra will have a 108MP main camera, and two 13MP sensors.
If true, this would mark a departure from Samsung’s previous Ultra models which all featured 48MP primary cameras. A new 20x zoom camera with 2x optical zoom reportedly may be included as well. It’s unclear when or if these rumors are accurate, but many expect to see official details soon as Samsung has been teasing information about its next flagship for some time now.
However, Samsung may have other plans for the S24 Ultra’s camera capabilities. Ice Universe suggests that the 3x telephoto lens may be merged into a periscope lens, possibly giving the S24 Ultra a continuous zoom lens similar to what Sony’s Xperia 1 IV offers. This would allow for seamless zooming from different focal lengths without the need for separate camera sensors. Sony’s Xperia 1 IV offers continuous zoom from roughly 3.5x to 5.2x, and Samsung could potentially use the new sensor launched by LG Innotek late last year, which offers continuous optical zoom between 4x and 9x.
While details are still scarce and it’s too early to confirm these rumors, it’s clear that Samsung is looking to innovate and potentially change up the camera setup on its flagship phone. The Galaxy S24 Ultra is also rumored to feature higher refresh rate displays and an increase in RAM for the smaller models. However, as the Galaxy S23 series was just launched a couple of months ago, it’s best to take these rumors with a pinch of salt for now. More information about Samsung’s plans for the S24 series is expected to emerge as the year progresses, and tech enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the camera improvements Samsung may bring to its next premium flagship.
It is also being speculated that the Galaxy S24 Ultra will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos chipset. If true, this would mark a departure from the Snapdragon 800-series chipsets used on earlier models, and potentially open up more possibilities for advanced camera features. Reports have also suggested that Samsung could introduce 5G connectivity with its next flagship device, although there’s been no confirmation of this yet either. The addition of 5G support would help keep the Galaxy S24 series competitive in an increasingly crowded smartphone market.