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Samsung to Take on iPhone’s Popularity With Big Camera Overhaul

  • The Galaxy S11 and clamshell Galaxy Fold will feature 5x zoom
  • Next flagship to have almost every camera phone feature
The camera of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro.
The camera of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro.Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Samsung Electronics Co.’s response to Apple Inc.’s much-improved iPhone 11 cameras is going to be a giant photographic arsenal strapped to the back of its 2020 flagship phones.

The Korean company is preparing the biggest overhaul to the cameras on its flagship phones for next year, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. Its upcoming Galaxy S11 will sport a 108-megapixel sensor for the main camera -- versus the iPhone 11’s 12 -- flanked by three more on the back of the device including an ultrawide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom, they said. The marquee device will also adopt a time-of-flight sensor for depth detection similar to one already in the Note 10+, a feature that can aid portrait photos and augmented-reality applications, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing specifications that haven’t been made public.