The Samsung Galaxy S11 is rumored to feature a total of five cameras on the back. While the primary camera is more or less confirmed to be a 108-megapixel sensor, very little is known about the rest of the sensors. A recent Samsung trademark suggests that one of these could be a dedicated sensor for low-light photography.
Samsung filed a trademark for a new image sensor called "Bright Night Sensor" with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) last week. The application carries the following description (via LetsGoDigital):
"Image sensors for video cameras; Image sensor for photographic devices; Camera image sensors for smartphones; Camera image sensors for tablet computers; Light sensors for smartphone cameras; Light sensors for tablet computer cameras."
No more software-based night mode
The Galaxy S11 is shaping up nicely to be a photography powerhouse. Thanks to the 108-megapixel primary sensor, the upcoming Samsung flagship will be capable of recording videos at up to 8K resolution. The handset is also expected to feature a telephoto lens capable of 5x optical zoom. Samsung also has several software tricks such as "Single Take" and "Video Spin" to enhance the Galaxy S11's photography capabilities.
The world's number one smartphone maker, however, isn't just stopping there. If the recent "Bright Night Sensor" trademark is anything to go by, the company is all set to take low-light photography on smartphones to a new level. Interestingly, Samsung has previously used the name Bright Night for its dedicated software-based night mode on the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 smartphones. The South Korean giant is now making Bright Night a hardware feature as well.
The Galaxy S11 is rumored to be packing a laser autofocus module on the back. All three models, the regular S11, S11+, and the S11e will be getting the new sensor. The latter, however, is likely to sport a traditional triple camera setup on the back, much like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10. It's not known as to which sensors it misses out on, though.
The recent trademark application, as expected, does not reveal any information regarding the sensor, neither does it confirm that the Galaxy S11 series will have it. But regardless of whether the Galaxy S11 will have a "Bright Night Sight" sensor or not, be prepared to see a big overhaul in the camera department on Samsung's next flagship. Samsung is likely to take the wraps off its new Galaxy S smartphone by mid-February next year.