Last night we reported that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7 in Brooklyn. While we already know most of the features of Galaxy Note 10, there’s one everyone might have missed.
With Galaxy S10, Samsung added a ToF camera to its flagship smartphone. Although not all the variants of Galaxy S10 carry a ToF camera, it can be added to the Note series as well. According to ETNews (via BGR), Samsung’s main ToF supplier MCNEX invested more than 13 billion won ($11 million) in a facility in Vietnam to mass produce ToF lenses. They’re aiming to kickoff production by August which lines in perfectly with Note 10 launch. Samsung has also lined up other suppliers, including Partron which manufacturers ToF sensors for Galaxy S10 5G.
ToF sensors measure the time taken by light to travel to the subject and allow the phone to map out accurate depth data for 3D face scanning and recognition. With Samsung planning to add ToF sensor to Note 10, it will be interesting to see if Samsung changes the iris scanner as well to accommodate for the depth data collected from the ToF sensor. It’s not clear at this point if Samsung will add ToF to the main selfie lens or will add it separately.