A huge advantage to Apple iPhone 12 due to Samsung Galaxy Note 20’s LEAK. Since Note 20 slowly loses its time-of-flight sensor. This severely damages its camera and AR performance. Due to a lack of consumer interest and software improvements. Samsung Note 20 is gonna ditch the Tof sensor from its rear camera array. It’s a pretty fine move to take ahead, but one that could leave it open to attack from Apple’s iPhone 12.

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“Samsung is considering the removal of this sensor from its next Galaxy Note Phone” claims a report by the Korea Industry post (via Sam Mobile)

  • It is considered for inclusion on the cheaper handset and this is despite it being added with great fanfare to its flagships last year.
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ToF sensors are one of the types of depth sensor – kind of cameras. That doesn’t take pictures but helps in measuring the distance between the phone and the objects you’re shooting. This is beneficial for the improvement of photo effect quality, for the notably bokeh-styled portrait effect; also beneficial for augmented reality apps. By the way, this is an expensive sensor with a function that can be achieved via software.

ToF sensor was first used for the Galaxy S10 Plus 5G in 2019. Then it was followed by the Galaxy Note 10 Plus by the end of last year. And Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra launched this February.

In a way of showing off the benefits of the ToF camera. The Samsung Note 10 Plus launched with a 3D-modelling function feature. It wasn’t that successful since it was not widely used or well-executed, because it requires several updates to work properly.

We are expecting Apple to add the LiDAR sensor to its iPhone 12 Pro models. It was just similar to the 2020 iPad Pro. LiDAR and ToF are of the same technology and LiDAR are comparatively advanced.

It has the ability to read and react faster to the environment in front of it. Further helps in making use of AR apps a far smoother experience. Most hopefully, we are looking forward to a better version of the iPhone 12 and more apps to use it with compliments to Apple’s updated ARKit for developers. The phones which manufacturers using ToF sensors are Huawei on its Mate 30 Pro and P40 Pro.

Since the US restricts Huawei to sell in their nation. Apple is the only flagship phone maker focusing on ToF-aided AR and photo effects going into 2021.

This could be a negative move for Samsung’s photo quality in certain circumstances since it’s already behind iPhone in general.

Moreover, this may reduce the manufacturing cost of Note 20. Giving it a potential price over the new iPhone 12 due to losing the ToF sensor.
Or else it might free up resources to develop any other feature that is even more popular. Most likely the Note 20 will be coming out by this year’s August. Along with Galaxy Fold 2.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20 DISPLAY & BATTERY

It includes the expected upgrades of 120Hz refresh rate display, a new S pen functionality, an innovative design similar to the Galaxy S20 series, and also incremental improvements in battery life and its performance.