Samsung Galaxy S11’s Camera May Record 8K Videos

During the teardown of the One UI 2.0 beta 4, XDA Developers discovered a number of references of the possible hardware and software features of the Samsung Galaxy S11. One of them is the ability of the 108Mp rear-facing camera to record very high resolution 8K videos at 30fps. It is a huge improvement compared to the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 with 4k recording capability. Samsung’s new Exynos 990 SoC will support this capability for global version of Galaxy S11. The same capability is also offered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, which will be used for the US version of the phone.

XDA pointed out that 8K video recording requires a main camera that can capture 33Mp images. It means the 12Mp primary lens used by current Samsung’s flagship will need to be ditched. There’s strong indication that the Galaxy S11 will have 108Mp primary camera to improve the photography performance. The 8K recording won’t be the only new feature added. One practical feature is called Single Take Photo. When enabled, you can pan around an object for 15 seconds and the phone will automatically capture some videos and photos. So, you don’t need to worry about shooting images from a perfect angle. The feature will prompt users to slow down if the move too fast and they can view content after the process is completed.

Director’s View is another photography feature of the Galaxy S11’ camera. With this feature enabled, users can lock focus on a single object and choose what/who gets the close up. It’s possible that Samsung will enhance this feature further by allowing users to simultaneous record through multiple cameras. While we are talking about video features, it’s worth mentioning that Samsung has a plan for the Night Hyperlapse mode. It combines that regular Hyperlapse mode with the Night Mode. Additionally, the smartphone giant is working on the capability to enable vertical panoramas for its future phones. The XDA Developer’s APK teardown of the One UI shows that users can copy the configurations, including exposure, brightness and saturation as custom filter.

However, be aware that not all of these features will be added to Galaxy S11. Even so, the combination of powerful SoC, the Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 with the 12GB of RAM should be adequate to process high resolution photos and videos. Capturing full resolution images and videos may result in the quick accumulation of gigabytes of files. For this reason, the Samsung Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+ will have 256GB of internal storage with around 200GB of free space usable for users.