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Is Samsung going to borrow iPhone 7 Plus’s best rumoured feature?

Samsung’s next phablet – be it the Galaxy Note 6 or Note 7 – will feature a dual-lens camera, according to new reports.

The Taiwanese media is reporting that this year’s Galaxy Note 7 (the new rumoured name) will feature a dual-lens camera, as cited by China’s ZOL industry news site. The handset is tipped to arrive in the second half of 2016, which gels with previous rumours.

Samsung has already designed its own dual-lens cameras under Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., a part of Samsung Group. When the news broke back in March, the company reportedly planned to begin mass-manufacturing of the dual-lens module as soon as July this year.

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With the Galaxy Note 7 expected to arrive on store shelves in September, the timeline appears to fit. The latest reports suggests that Samsung has in fact decided to feature its own custom-built module.

Such a move wouldn’t be surprising. After all, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, also rumoured to launch this September, has been tipped to feature a dual-lens camera. And Huawei recently debuted the technology on its new flagship Huawei P9 smartphone, revealed in April this year.

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Dual-lens cameras offer a number of perks compared to conventional single-lens arrangements. These potential improvements include wider angle image capture, better zoom, adjustable post-capture focusing, and improved lighting.

However, Samsung hasn’t confirmed any plans to debut a dual-lens camera in its next smartphone. What’s more, the company is keeping tight-lipped about the prospect of a new Note handset too. As such, take any such report with due caution.

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