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Samsung to Use IR Autofocus for Galaxy Note 6 Camera

Late February, the folks at Samsung formally announced their flagship smartphones for the year, the highly-anticipated Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Now that both devices are already up for grabs and the hype is cooling down, the media and the tech enthusiasts alike are turning their attention towards the next big thing from the South Korean phone maker. There’s no longer a secret that Sammy is already working on a Galaxy Note 5 follow-up, as rumors about the company’s high-end phablet are surfacing online on a regular basis.

Galaxy Note 6 leaks and reports are already making the headlines even though the launch of the device is still several months away as we’ve recently seen details about the handset’s screen size, design, or processor leaking from various sources. In an attempt to find further confirmation about the reports, we have managed to get in touch with a Samsung engineer engaged in the development of Note 6. While wishing to remain anonymous he was able to reveal for us that the South Korean company is planning an upgrade for the main camera of the Galaxy Note 6.

Even though Galaxy Note 6 will use a camera sensor with the same resolution and aperture as Galaxy S7’s, Samsung is toying with the idea of equipping it with an infrared autofocus module. Our source confirmed that, for the time being, Galaxy Note 6 prototypes with IR autofocus are being tested internally, as well as prototypes rocking the exact same camera sensor as S7 and S7 Edge. I remind you that both Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge come with 12 MP cameras with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and OIS.

In case you aren’t up to date with the latest Galaxy Note 6 rumors, you might want to know that Samsung’s next-gen flagship phablet is expected to pack a 5.8-inch screen with Quad HD resolution and a massive 4,000 mAh battery, while being underpinned by a Snapdragon 823 SoC. Sources in the industry also hinted at an iris scanner and IP68 certification, while some reports talk about 6 GB of RAM. Note 6 wouldn’t be the first smartphone to feature 6 GB of RAM, as both Vivo and Vernee launched such devices.