Samsung is ditching depth cameras on future Galaxy A devices

Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone maker, and much of that success rests on the back of the Galaxy A series. According to a new report, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A series will ditch the “depth” camera, in a bid to focus on meaningful improvements over the numbers.

The Electric reports that Samsung plans to reduce the number of cameras on its Galaxy A series devices starting next year. Apparently, the Galaxy A24, A34, and A54 will all come with triple-camera arrays rather than the quad-camera setup on the existing devices.

In a wise move, Samsung would have made this decision to compete with better camera specs, rather than stuffing as many cameras as possible onto the device. Cost reduction is also a motivating factor for the move.

The camera lost in all of this seems to be the “depth” camera we’ve seen on several Samsung Galaxy devices, including last year’s Galaxy A53 and others.

Depth sensor cameras are often included in budget phones to find a number, but they are rarely useful. Most of the time, the low-res camera is only used to enhance portrait images, which the software has proven to be more than sufficient for time and time again.

Breaking down the three models mentioned, it is reported that the Galaxy A24 will have a 50MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 5MP macro. The Galaxy A34 is said to have a 48MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, and 5MP macro. And finally, the Galaxy A54 is said to have a 50MP primary, 5MP ultrawide, and 5MP macro.

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy A34 in March 2023, followed by the Galaxy A54 and others in the following months.

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