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Samsung Swaps 10x for 5x Zoom: Is Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Ruined?

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Samsung is always the talk of the town, both before and after the release of its flagship devices. This time, the Galaxy S24 Ultra is in the top trending controversy due to its camera upgrade.

Samsung has this time attached a 5x optical zoom to the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Since the brand has debuted the Galaxy S24 Ultra as a successor to the Galaxy S23 Ultra, it is pretty obvious to compare both devices. So as compared to the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s camera specs with the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s camera, it is known that the previous model has 10x optical zoom and the latest model has 5x optical zoom only.

Here’s the question: is dropping down the optical zoom from 10x to 5x pretty fine?

The answer is that counting is just a number for Samsung. The number of optical zooms doesn’t matter, but the quality does.

Noticeably, the primary camera of both the Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Galaxy S24 Ultra has a similar sensor. So if one can take images here at 1x that are at a focal length of 25 mm at 200 MP and that are spread over an area of around 9.9 x 7.3 mm, the quality does not even get any better than this.

Moving on to the ‘2x’, then the Galaxy S23 Ultra and Galaxy S24 Ultra will have to zoom into the image sensor, as per the lack of a real 2x lens. To achieve a focal length of 50mm, the smartphones cut a section from the center of the image sensor that corresponds to half the sensor size in both height and width. This leaves 50MP on an area of around 5.0 x 3.6 mm, which is still satisfying for pretty good image quality.

Although the trouble arrives with the camera configuration of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, in that scenario, the primary camera is perfectly fine, but the rest of the two telephoto cameras, along with 3x and 10x optical magnification, are the culprits. Both of the cameras only deliver 10 MP resolution on a sensor area of around 4 x 3 mm. It is important to note that this is six times less as compared to the primary camera drivers.

At the same instant, the two mini cameras not only have to bridge from 1x to 2x, similar to the first calculation example, but also from 3x to 10x. At 6x, just 2.5 MP remains on 2 x 1.5 mm. Whereas at 9x, the image processing must result in a usable image from 1.15 MP at around 1.5 x 1 mm. At the end, at 10x, results instantly get much better with another 10 MP on 4 x 3 mm.

Moving towards the Galaxy S24 Ultra, Samsung uses the same primary camera (23mm) and a similar 3x telephoto sensor (69mm) that are already housed in the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Although the small telephoto sensor does not have to work as hard as others, From 5x, which is 115mm, the next sensor already takes over, and coupled with 50 megapixels, it also has a remarkably higher resolution along with roughly twice the sensor area.

So, at the end, it came to be known that the new sensor in the Galaxy S24 Ultra can result in a zoom range of naturally up to and including 9x, which is far better as compared to the previous smartphone. Only from the 10x mark (230mm) onward does the Galaxy S23 Ultra offer, to a certain extent, better image quality. However, the 5x sensor of the Galaxy S24 Ultra has more available MP at 10x.


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Samsung Introduces Titanium Yellow Color for Galaxy S24 Ultra

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Earlier this year, Samsung launched its Galaxy S24 series. Now the brand has expanded the color option of the Ultra variant of the series by introducing a titanium yellow color in India. 

Samsung on X confirmed that a new Titanium Yellow color option for the Galaxy S24 Ultra is now available in India on the company’s official online shop. Initially, Samsung launched the Galaxy S24 Ultra in half a dozen color variants in India. Out of which, three are online exclusive, including Titanium Blue, Titanium Green, and Titanium Orange. 

Now the brand has added a new color option to the list called Titanium Yellow. With this addition, seven color options for the Galaxy S24 Ultra are available in India. However, this yellow color addition is not the latest option since it has already been available in other markets except India. 

This Titanium Yellow costs the same as the rest of the color variants, starting at INR 129,999 for the 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Meanwhile, the 12GB of RAM and 512GB or 1TB of internal storage variants are available for INR 139,999 or INR 159,999, respectively. 

If you are a Samsung fan and looking forward to purchasing the Galaxy S24 Ultra, you can go through a new color option, Titanium Yellow, available on Samsung’s online shop. 

The Titanium Yellow Galaxy S24 Ultra is just a new color addition; it features similar specs, such as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, the same camera setup, and a bundle of Galaxy AI features. 

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Samsung has new and different ideas for its future Foladble smartphones

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Samsung is aggressively working on bringing innovations, whether it’s about software or hardware, to Galaxy devices. It is quite relatable that impressing users with fixed-screen smartphones seems difficult. That’s the key reason why smartphone manufacturers are focusing on foldable and rollable-display smartphones. 

Samsung is about to launch the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6 at the next Galaxy Unpacked event; both designs have already been leaked. According to the NerdStash, a patent was spotted that shed some light on the potential design of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip smartphone. The leaked design in the patent suggests that the future Galaxy Z Flip smartphone may feature only an external display that can extend. 

The usual smartphones with constant displays can be bulky or have limited-size screens, but users demand more portable smartphones integrated with large screens. Now it seems that the new design will solve the problem. When folded, the smartphone is exceedingly portable and can easily fit in any pocket. Meanwhile, the unfolded and extended display delivered complete functionality to its users. 

If the reports are to be believed, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold consists of three housings and a flexible display. A third section slides along the hinge and is expected to arrive, which allows a flexible display to expand or contract across these sections. This flexibility authorizes the device to transform its shape for particular uses. It is also reported that the new design will only feature an external display. There will be no internal display housed on current Galaxy Z Flip smartphones. 

This new design will be beneficial to users since the device can be compact when needed and expand when you need a larger screen, and the independent folding and sliding mechanism permits you to adjust the device according to their needs.

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Galaxy Z Fold 6 & Flip 6 Dummy Units Hint at Display Crease and Design Changes

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Flip 6 are on their way to take the floor at the Galaxy Unpacked event on July 10. 

The new images of the prototype and dummy units of the devices come into existence from one of our colleagues, who is claiming to showcase crease and design. By the design of the reported images, it can be concluded that the crease cannot be like this. 

The leaked images showcase the prototypes and dummy units made for just reference purposes on the device. However, it’s essential to remember that these are potential dummy units that just aim to represent the size and design of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6 and not the final product quality. Noticeably, the dummy device materials are cheaper and do not present the actual crease appearance. 

It seems that the forthcoming Galaxy Z Fold device will have a wider cover screen as compared to its predecessors. The width of the cover screen is extended by reducing the side bezel of the Galaxy Z Fold 5. The display ratio of the internal panel may also be upgraded to deliver a better user experience. 

On the flip side, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 looks almost the same as its predecessor. Whether it’s the camera arrangement or the design of the cover screen, everything looks similar, and enhancements are expected to be seen in the hinge appearance as well as durability.

As already mentioned above, the brand will launch the next-generation foldable devices at the Galaxy Unpacked event on July 10th. This time it is expected in Paris, France, right before the 2024 Olympics kick off. There will be more products, including the Galaxy Watch Ultra, Galaxy Watch 7 series, Galaxy Ring, and Galaxy Buds 3 lineup. 

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