The Samsung Galaxy S11 lineup is still a few months away from being unveiled. However, that has not stopped the rumor mills from working overtime. A recent report from South Korean tech publication The Elec claims that the upcoming smartphone will feature a periscope unit along with a 108-megapixel primary sensor. To recall, the 108MP sensor debuted with the Mi MIX Alpha recently. While the 5x optical zoom module was officially announced back in May 2019.
Samsung Electro-mechanics started mass-producing the 5x optical module in May. We saw it on the P30 series from Huawei, and the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition also utilised he same.
The video by Samsung, embedded below, shows that its periscope module boasts a thin 5mm profile that allows minimum protrusion within the rear camera. The unit also features OIS, which is an additional boon for a lens with such short focal lengths. All of this is speculative of course, at this point, since Samsung is yet to make a formal announcement regarding the Galaxy S11.
According to the South Korean publication, increased optical zoom results in a bulky design, which translates to thicker smartphones. But Samsung has managed to keep the sensor thin. In fact, the report suggests that the Korean giant can retrofit the periscope module within the existing camera setup on the Galaxy S10+ without changing a single element. We’ll have to wait to see if that turns out to be true. Staying true to its track record, the Samsung Galaxy S11 is likely to be announced in February 2020.