Galaxy Note 8 might not be first Samsung phone with a dual camera

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 might be pipped to the post when it comes to dual cameras – by another Samsung phone.

For a while now, the prevailing rumour about Samsung’s next Galaxy Note smartphone has been that it will feature a dual-camera arrangement. It was originally expected that the Samsung Galaxy S8 would introduce the new camera module, but that didn’t happen. So everyone is looking to the Galaxy Note 8 for a fancy camera upgrade.

But according to Twitter tipster @mmddj_china – well-known in mobile leak circles – the Galaxy Note 8 won’t be the first Samsung phone to feature a dual-camera arrangement. Instead, it will be an otherwise unknown Galaxy C model:

https://twitter.com/statuses/859380071643074560

Perhaps even more interestingly, the tipster drew a rough sketch of what the phone will look like. It’s not clear how accurate the sketch is, and we don’t need to tell you that this could absolutely be completely fabricated – but nevertheless:

https://twitter.com/statuses/859446417357537281

In fairness to the leaker, we have already seen a Samsung patent that depicts a very similar vertical camera arrangement in the accompanying materials.

We should also note that even if this whole leak turns out to be fake, it’s still very likely that Samsung will eventually adopt a dual-camera arrangement. The technology has grown very popular very quickly in the smartphone industry, with the most notable example being last year’s Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone used the technology to provide better depth of field, allowing for seriously sharp portrait snaps to be taken – and enabling a strong bokeh effect.

But we’ve also seen the technology feature on a number of Huawei phones, including the latest Huawei P10. LG also showcased a dual camera on the new LG G6, which has been generally well reviewed. Meanwhile, the upcoming HTC U and OnePlus 5 are also expected to follow suit.

In any case, we’d expect that the Galaxy Note 8 will feature a dual camera when it launches – probably around August or September. We’ll just have to wait and see whether there will be a Galaxy C device in the meantime. Samsung is prone to trialling new technology on phones before adopting it on a flagship device, so it’s certainly a probable scenario. For instance, the Galaxy Note Edge was used to test the curved ‘Edge’-style display, before Samsung eventually rolled it out onto the proper Galaxy Note and Galaxy S ranges.

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