Samsung and Apple have both embraced ‘Time of Flight’ (3-D) sensing technology in camera, but their approaches differed. While Apple was the first one to adopt the technology for its iPhones last year, Samsung started utilizing this year in the Galaxy S10 5G smartphone. Now, the latest report from ETNews, states that Samsung could use the ToF tech in its upcoming smartphones, the Galaxy A90 and Galaxy Note 10.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy A90 Cameras To Get ToF Technology
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of Samsung using the ToF technology in Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy A90, we must know how ToF works. The Time of Flight (ToF) is a 3D sensing technology that recognizes 3D sensation, spatial information, and movement of objects by computing the distance of the time when the light transmitted from the camera shoots back to the subject. In Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung integrated ToF to measure the depth of the subject, obscuration of the background, and the length of the object based on augmented reality (AR).
Now, Samsung is tipped to be integrating ToF technology in the upcoming Galaxy A90 and Galaxy Note 10. The report hints that the Galaxy A90 would be equipped with ToF just like the Galaxy S10 5G. This means that Samsung is opening up to using ToF tech and would be seen boasting it for its upcoming phones.
Other reports about the Galaxy Note 10 revealed that it would have the same rear camera setup as the Galaxy S10 5G, i.e. quad-cameras. We will see telephoto, wide-angle, and ultra wide-angle lenses alongside a Time of Flight (TOF) sensor. As for the Galaxy A90, it is rumored to come with a triple-camera setup – 48MP+8MP+ToF sensor. It is tipped to feature a rotatory camera that will enable it to have a design sans notch or hole punch.
Apple and Samsung Differ Their ToF Utilization
As we mentioned in the beginning, Apple was among the first OEMs that started using the 3D sensing tech in their smartphones. The Cupertino giant integrated 3D sensing technology in the iPhone X for Face ID. The iPhone X uses 3D sensing technology called Structured Light (SL) for its Face ID feature. Apple was expected to integrate ToF technology like Samsung (a dedicated ToF sensor for the rear camera) for the iPhone that it will launch this year, but as the company does not plan on launching 5G-equipped handsets this year, iPhones 2019 may miss out on that. A report from TrendForce also suggested that Apple won’t be launching iPhones with ToF this year because its AR apps are not ready yet.
It depends on the OEM how it uses the ToF 3D sensing technology. Samsung used it for both shooting and face recognition while Apple chose to use it just for the Face ID feature. Having said that, the full utilization of ToF also depends on compatible AR and VR apps. Recent reports have hinted that Apple would adopt ToF by 2020 that will result in the wider adoption of the technology by other OEMs. Currently, we have got OEMs like Vivo and LG already using ToF on one of their flagships.