Samsung’s latest offerings, the Galaxy Note 10+ and the Galaxy Note 10 were overshadowed by other exciting flagships such as the iPhone 11 Pro, as well as the Huawei Mate 30. Samsung is looking to fight back with the Samsung Galaxy S11, which is rumored to have 5x optical zoom camera with a 100-megapixel ISOCELL sensor. The upcoming flagship from Samsung is also rumored to have a sliding display, which can switch between 16:9 and 21:9 aspect ratios according to recent patent filings by Samsung.
5x Optical Zoom Camera
The new 5x optical zoom camera that is expected to be present in the Samsung Galaxy S11 started production in May this year. It was featured in flagship phones like Oppo Reno and Huawei P30 Pro with a periscope style sensor that reflects the incoming light using mirrors. The ultra-thin 5x optical zoom camera prevents the camera module from protruding out of the device causing a camera bump. It has 2.5 times longer focal length when compared to the 2x zoom sensors, which we can see in the current generation of Samsung flagship smartphones. The sensors and the lenses are stacked vertically. This makes the camera module in line with the rest of the device and ensures optimal image quality.
This primary four-shot 5x optical zoom camera has a 100-megapixel ISOCELL sensor which is also manufactured by Samsung. The 100-megapixel ISOCELL sensor will also be featured in a smartphone by Xiaomi according to Manu Jain, the Managing Director of Xiaomi India.
The Samsung Galaxy S11 is also rumored to have a sliding display that can be extended vertically to achieve a 21:9 aspect ratio. The rumors surfaced when Samsung filed a patent which showcased a handset with a display that could be extended on a vertical plane. The sliding display is achieved by rolling a flexible OLED panel at the bottom of the phone. When the phone is stretched vertically, the flexible OLED rolls out to make the screen longer.
The sliding display means that the users will be able to use it to read long web pages, watch movies in full 21:9 aspect ratio without stretching the video or with black bars, and more. This feature could be the one that will drive the Samsung Galaxy S11 towards success in the smartphone market next year.