3/11/13

Samsung patent filings detail panorama and 3D camera support


Samsung is going to be unveiling “The Next Galaxy” in the not to distant future and while we have seen plenty of spec related rumors up until this point in time, it seems they are not going to die down before the announcement. Of course, these details are all being mixed in with some official teasers from Samsung. Anyway, the latest Samsung related information is coming by way of a few patent filings.

In this case we are referring to a pair of patent filings. The timing would suggest that these could be related to the Galaxy S4. But the again, the timing could also be nothing more than a coincidence. The first filing is dealing with a 3D camera feature and the second is dealing with a panoramic camera feature.

Th 3D related patent is thought to mean that the Galaxy S4 could be capable of producing 3D video as well as 3D still images. This patent was published earlier in the month and is showing as being “application software for smart phones.” Well for smartphones as well as for tablets, digital cameras and numerous other devices including portable media players. Basically, this is looking like the 3D will come in after the image or video has been captured (as opposed to having a dual-camera setup that captures 3D while recording).

We have yet to see any previous rumors suggesting this, but as always — time will tell just how accurate these rumors actually are. The second patent is the panoramic and based on what we have seen, this one seems a bit more likely. This is also the one we would rather see come true. According to details in this filing, Samsung is looking to be able to prevent things such as image flare and in general, improve the overall image quality.

Otherwise, these two aside, previous reports are still looking like the Galaxy S4 will arrive with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and hardware to include a 4.99-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera and a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera. The processor looks to be varied depending on market with talk of a quad-core 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 600 in the US and an Exynos Octa 8-core for those in Europe.

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