Samsung is reportedly working on some fairly impressive new camera tech, but the latest info suggests the chances of it appearing on the Galaxy Note 3 due to launch next month is slim to none.
The Koreans have been linked with both slim-form factor 16MP sensors and optical image stabilisation recently, with the timing raising hopes the Galaxy Note 3 will be the first high-end Sammy smartphone to boast the new features.
But no – it seems not.
Korean source Naver reveals (via SamMobile) that Samsung is indeed developing a 16MP sensor with on-board OIS for its flagship smartphones, but hasn't been able to accumulate enough units to equip the Galaxy Note 3 phablet with the new tech, and will instead hold back the improved sensors for next year's Galaxy S5.
Samsung's cameras have evolved impressively quickly in recent times. The Galaxy Note II had “just” an 8MP sensor on board, while the Galaxy S4 launched earlier this year with 13MP. We've also seen the Koreans hit the 16MP marker too with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, but that's a full-blown camera-phone hybrid with a lens that protrudes from the phone's chassis in a big way.
The 16MP sensor we're talking about here will be contained within a conventional handset chassis, and with OIS included should keep Samsung up to speed with its rivals in the suddenly exploding area of cameraphone innovation.
If it isn't present on the Note 3, expect a 13MP sensor as per recent rumours. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is due to launch next Wednesday, September 4, at a pre-IFA 2013 Samsung event in Berlin.