Samsung has been incorporating a periscope telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom into its flagship phones for three years in a row. The camera setup started with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but it seems that will end next year. Well-known tipster Ice Universe reports that the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra will only bring 3x and 5x telephoto cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra came onto the market on January 14, 2021 with a 108 megapixel main camera, a 12 megapixel ultra wide as well as 3x and 10x telephoto cameras with 10 megapixels each. Exactly the same setup can be found on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra from last year. In terms of cameras even the current Galaxy S23 Ultra only differs in the new 200 megapixel main camera. All data can be found in our Samsung Galaxy S comparison.
According to the tip, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra will now break with the tradition. Instead of the 10 megapixel 10x telephoto camera, Samsung uses a new 50 megapixel sensor with a size of 1/2.52 inch and 0.7 µm pixels. The new chip only offers 5x optical zoom instead of 10x. Since the image sensor grows from 1/3.24 to 1/2.55 inches and the resolution increases five times, the new 50 megapixel camera should still provide significantly better image quality. Similar rumors from the same source were already doing the rounds at the beginning of last week.
According to a report from earlier this month, the Galaxy S24 Ultra also gets a new 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP2SX main sensor measuring 1/1.3-inch. The chip offers native 4-in-1 and 16-in-1 pixel binning and Super Quad Phase Detection autofocus. Apart from that, nothing should change with the 12 megapixel ultra-wide and the selfie camera for another year.