Samsung’s Galaxy S11 Will Feature 108MP Camera

Posted on December 6, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Hardware, Mobile with 12 Comments

Samsung is reportedly planning a major overhaul for its phone cameras in 2020. After Apple introduced major upgrades to the iPhone camera this year, Samsung plans to hit back with the new Galaxy S11.

Bloomberg reports that the company will introduce the new Galaxy S11 with a 108-megapixel camera sensor sometime in February of 2020.

The new device will also feature 5x optical zoom and a time-of-flight sensor like the Note 10+. There will be three other camera sensors on the back of the device, including an ultrawide-angle lens.

Samsung also plans to bring the 108-megapixel camera sensor and 5x zoom to the Galaxy Fold “clamshell” device as part of its renewed commitment to mobile photography.

Samsung already made a 108MP camera sensor back in August of this year in partnership with Xiaomi, so it shouldn’t be a major surprise if we see the same sensor make an appearance on the company’s next flagship phone. At the time, Samsung said the new 108MP camera sensor allowed for resolution equivalent to DSLR cameras, and “extremely sharp photographs” in rich detail. The sensor features a large lens capable of absorbing more light, allowing for better quality pictures in low-light conditions. So if you love Samsung phones and mobile photography, you will probably be really pleased with what Samsung has coming up.

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12 responses to “Samsung’s Galaxy S11 Will Feature 108MP Camera”

  1. wright_is

    I hope they have the glass to go with it. Without a decent lens the megapixel count doesn't mean much...

  2. dcdevito

    Samsung's hardware has always been great, it's their software that lags behind the competition. Samsung and Google should just strike a licensing deal to get Google's camera software on the Galaxy line, it's long overdue.

    • wolters

      In reply to dcdevito:

      Agreed. No amount of megapixels or enhancements will help if the software isn't more consistent. The Note 10+'s camera was "almost there" when it came to be on par with the Pixel. I almost kept it this year but the Pixel 4XL won me more...one more year perhaps.

  3. rickeveleigh

    "So if you love [...] mobile photography, you will probably be really pleased with what Samsung has coming up" -- is that a challenge to Paul? ;-)

  4. hellcatm

    I wish Samsung would go in with Google to continually make the Pixel phones. With Samsungs hardware, a pure Android experience and the monthly update and getting the new version of Android when it comes out, Samsung phones would be close to perfect.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      If Google showed us anything with the Pixel 4, it's that the people in charge aren't interested in making a perfect phone - they are only interested in trying to pull iPhone users away by copying features from Apple that Android users aren't even all that interested in.


      In a market where Android has been the innovator for most of its history, with Apple copying a few years later, for some reason Google has not only stopped innovating but is now resorting to badly copying Apple features. This is going to have the exact opposite effect, losing customers TO iPhones.

      • toukale

        In reply to illrigger:

        Why do folks need to bring one party down in other to elevate their OEM du jour? Besides if you are going to bring Apple/iPhone down, at least know your history. The mobile world is largely shaped by Apple since 2007. Everyone is using the 2007 iPhone template, set up their appstores the same, etc... even business models is setup the way Apple did. We've been stuck in this using the iPhone template since 2007 and for all the innovation you say Android has done I've yet to see the results.


        About the only thing one could say Android has done is having a more open system than iOS but its noting new, the pc world would say welcome. So what exactly new has Android brought to the table? I see some like to bring certain things that Android oem's adopt before iOS as Android innovations (5G, NFC etc...) Last time I check those were not Android innovations. Just adding nfc into your device before the next guy and yell (first) does not make you an innovator.

  5. evox81

    If it's legitimately a response to the iPhone, this seems kind of knee-jerk... The iPhone 11 Pro's camera has not impressed me at all. All things being equal, put an S10 and 11 Pro side by side, and the S10 is going to take the better picture 90+% of the time. But, progress is progress... I'll take it.

  6. Jeremy Turnley

    Bear in mind, it won't be delivering 108MP images to you - it will be using pixel binning to deliver a smaller image, probably in the neighborhood of 12-16MP.


    Entry level DSLR cameras only have 18MP sensors, but the sensors are many times as large as the ones in phones so each pixel is larger and can collect more light; combined with a very large lens array, this results in a better image. These new phone sensors will be emulating that by looking at a dozen or so pixels for each one used and picking the best ones to process for the circumstances.

  7. bluvg

    OPTICS. 108 MP means nothing if there's no lens to match. (And if it's AI trickery, they didn't need a 108 MP sensor anyway.)

    • youwerewarned

      In reply to bluvg:

      Agreed. All a numbers game. In the U.S., toilet paper is classified as Double-sized, Big, Jumbo, Family, Super, Mega, etc, all versus a mythical “standard” roll that doesn’t even exist—2x, 3x, and 4x bigger than a unicorn.

  8. brettscoast

    Sounds great thanks for the post Mehedi.

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