Samsung Galaxy S8's selfie camera to have autofocus, finally

George, 29 November 2016

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature an autofocus front-facing camera, a new report out of South Korea reveals. That's a long overdue development in the front camera department of Samsung flagships after the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 (and the Note5) have been stuck with a 5MP fixed-focus shooter.

Galaxy S7 edge

The report goes on to detail that the future camera will use an encoder type of focusing mechanism, as opposed to the prevailing voice coil motor. In this type of design, the focusing actuator is mounted on the side of the lens instead of in the middle of it, thus making for a camera module with a lower depth.

Voice coil motors are typically used for primary cameras, where depth is a smaller concern and even if can't fit flush with the back, a camera hump can be used. No so for front cameras - you don't want your camera sticking out above your display, right?

The source doesn't mention resolution, just autofocus, so that remains for future leaks to reveal.

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  • AnonD-39937

You're welcome!

  • AnonD-600084

Yup true story,look like sammy follow sony trail to put autofocus on front cam,eventough sony have it almost 2 year already c5,m5,x series the best front cam in smartphone is xa ultra, 16mp with autofocus,and ois ,thumb up

  • Frenna

Of course this is wonderful and all, BUT... I've read in rumors that S8 will only have edge variant. Which would mean I won't buy it. Please Samsung I really don't want Edge. I have the S6 and I want to keep using touchwiz I like it the most.