Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 May Feature 3x Optical Dual Cameras

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 literally crashed and burned, but the company’s next iteration of the Note line may be their saving grace. According to a new note by KGI Securities own Ming-Chi Kuo, the Note 8 may be Samsung’s first smartphone ever to feature dual rear cameras. Kuo says it’ll be the “most important upgrade” to the Note series when compared to any other changes that may come about.

In terms of specifics, these dual cameras are said to feature a 13MP lens and 12MP wide-angle lens. This means that the Note 8 will be able to take wide angle pictures like the LG V20. Both sensors will also support optical image stabilization and a 3x optical zoom so your photos won’t come out all blurry if you decide to zoom in.

One other factor regarding the Note 8 happens to be a feature directly from the iPhone 7 Plus. According to Kuo, the upcoming Samsung handset will sport telephoto capabilities so you can get organic bokeh shots. This matches the 7 Plus’ capabilities with its dual-camera system. In the same breath, Kuo claims the Note 8’s camera system will be much better than that of the 7 Plus and will instead sit on par with the upcoming 5.8-inch bezel-less iPhone we’re expecting to land come September.

In the end, someone (either Samsung or Apple) will reign supreme. It’s just not clear who it’ll be. If this report rules out to be true, Samsung may have some serious gains against Apple and their new iPhone since they have OIS in both lenses and a wide-angle shooter. But then again, Apple may include these features as well, so right now, it’s anyone’s game. We’re not expecting either device until the latter half of 2017 so we have plenty of time to figure this out.