The Samsung Galaxy S11 trio to bring laser autofocus

Peter, 26 November 2019

The Samsung Galaxy S11 will have a trypophobia-inducing number of cameras on its back. For the first time, Samsung is adding a Laser AF system – as leakster Ice Universe points out, that’s the small circle at the bottom right of the busy camera island.

Previously, Samsung had relied on the Dual Pixel AF system of the image sensor. So, why the change – does the 108MP main sensor not have Dual Pixel AF? The ISOCELL Bright HMX does not have it, but it’s not clear if that’s the sensor that Samsung will use on its flagship.

Either way, any of the four other cameras may need assistance in autofocus, making the Laser system worth it. That’s right, there are five cameras in total – or rather that’s how many the Galaxy S11+ will have.

Laser autofocus: Galaxy S11+ Laser autofocus: Galaxy S11e
Laser autofocus: Galaxy S11+ • Galaxy S11e

As for the other members of the S11 family, the Galaxy S11e will have “only” three cams as you can see in the CAD-based renders. The camera count of the middle S11 model is still to be determined. You can also check out the Galaxy S11+ renders for a better look at the rest of the phone.

Anyway, by the looks of those small apertures, one of the two extra cameras is a 3D ToF module (this sounds reasonable – the Note10+ has a 3D sensor, its non-plus sibling does not). The purpose of the fifth cam is unclear, but will likely be revealed in a leak before long.



Reader comments

  • Dave
  • 22 Nov 2023
  • 8cQ

In the end, it was the S21 and it doesn't look near as ugly as that

  • Anonymous
  • 01 Dec 2019
  • KSu

Yeah they might have same screen size buy physical dimensions are smaller, s11e is much narrower, so easy to handle despite the 6 plus inch screen size. People just go off on a tangent after reading screen sizes without taking into account the a...

He said that the S11e has same "screen size" compared to note 10 which is around 6.3"

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