In the game of camera one-upmanship, low light photography is currently one of the areas of focus, with Google’s Pixel cameras famously offering a revolutionary AI-powered Night Sight Mode and Apple also offering a much improved Night Mode.
Samsung has also been working on improving its low-light performance, with a dedicated Bright Night Mode, but now a new trademark filing suggests the company is planning to take the fight to the next level.
The application to protect the name “Bright Night Sensor” describes:
Image sensors for video cameras; Image sensor for photographic devices; Camera image sensors for smartphones; Camera image sensors for tablet computers; Light sensors for smartphone cameras; Light sensors for tablet computer cameras.
It was filed on the 28th November 2019 and we suspect the name may show up in marketing for the next Samsung flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S11.
Renders of the Galaxy S11 have already surfaced online, giving us details about the specifications and design of the smartphone. Galaxy S11 series of smartphones are expected to come with both 4G and 5G capability and powering the smartphone will either be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC or an Exynos 990 SoC (depending on the market). It’ll run Android 10-based OneUI 2.0 out of the box.
Talking about the camera, the Galaxy S11 will feature a huge 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HMX sensor, which by the way is going to be better than the one you find on the recently-released Mi Note 10 and Mi MIX Alpha. The smartphone will ship with useful camera features and these include Director’s View Mode, Night Hyperlapse, Single Take Photo, Vertical Panoramas, and custom filters. Samsung Galaxy S11 will be capable of capturing 8K@30fps video and will have support for 5x optical zoom.
Samsung, of course, does not have the software finesse of Google, and dedicated hardware such as a Bright Night Sensor does help it stay competitive, at the expense of pushing up prices of the handsets, however.