While certain manufacturers are removing LED flashes from high-end smartphones (we're looking at you, Sony) Samsung is improving theirs. In a lengthy blog post on Samsung Tomorrow, the South Korean company posted technical specifications and photos on five new OEM flash modules, some of which use new techniques for brighter and wider flashes.


To be honest, the whole post is pretty dry, mostly talking about size and power improvements. But the devil's in the details: while singing the praises of the new wide-angle 3432 1.8t module with an integrated reflector, the post mentions the following:

Of the latest LED mobile offerings, Samsung’s new reflector-integrated flash LED ─ the 3432 1.8t (FH341A) delivers over 165 lux at 1A and a minimum CRI (Color Rendering Index) of 80, assuring quality photos in daylight and at night. In recognition of such superb performance levels, the 3432 1.8t will be used in the next Galaxy smartphone, which is expected to be introduced later this month.

"The next Galaxy smartphone" could, of course, mean any number of devices when you're talking about a company as big as Samsung, but the Galaxy S5 springs to mind. Samsung has already scheduled an "Unpacked 5" event for this coming Monday, the first day of Mobile World Congress, and the Barcelona event is mentioned elsewhere in the Samsung Tomorrow post. That's about as much speculation as we're going to put here - after all, Samsung could be talking about a new Galaxy Ace or something.

The five new flash modules have a wide range of thickness and light capacity, and they'll go into mass production starting in March. They are expected to appear in consumer products from Samsung and its hardware partners in the second quarter.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • alexcue

    What an illuminating article!

  • WORPspeed

    That image is proof that Samsung cuts corners!

    Straight from the Horse's mouth! Some-shorse that is (to steal a crappy joke from huawei and make it even crappier)!

    • Sean Royce

      Dude you're a fucking idiot. How does this prove that Samsung cuts corners? They're improving things.

      • Roger Siegenthaler

        Seriously? look at the picture, there's a cut corner... it's a joke.

        Hence the poking fun at huawei aswell...

      • WORPspeed

        Did you read Roger Siegenthaler's comment yet?
        Feel like an F'ing idiot yourself now?
        That's right, move along now, nothing to see here.

        • Sean Royce

          No, I feel fine.

          • WORPspeed

            As they all do ;)

  • Mayoo

    This is a great evolution of LED flashes, but I tend to "meh" this news because I only use HDR+ nowdays.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Nice, how does that work in the dark?

      • Mayoo

        Pretty well actually, unless pitch black. But these are the only very rare cases I do not use HDR+.

        I should have said "I use 95% of the time" instead of "I only use".

      • ScratchC

        LED flashes suck ...and if its too dark for a photo I refuse to take it using my phones flash... on my Galaxy S4 ill use night mode If i really have to. if not i'll use another light source

  • RH

    Well, that shined some light on a dark subject.

  • Krzysztof Bryk

    Autor is trully brilliant, yet to few paragraphs imho on whens why and whats - Vetter luck next time Michael ...

    • Sean Royce


    • Tim242

      *truly *too *when *what *better *time, Michael

  • Ihatehipsternerds

    Thanks for this informative article

  • RadarJammer

    Fine for me, since I mainly and regularly use the LED flashes as torchlights and sometimes the cameras as scanners.

  • didibus

    I never seem to have good results with Flash on a smartphone. Heck, even the flash on my expensive DSLR gives subpar results, and I tend to never use it because of that.

    • ScratchC

      try to bounce the flash off of something like a wall or ceiling or using a flash diffuser...its a world of a difference...it doesnt beat a standalone flash or proper lighting but its a big difference specially indoors

      • TheBasicMind

        Sounds like good advice. I tried doing as you say, ... two problems though. When I try to bounce my smartphone flash off the wall or ceiling, I keep getting a picture of the wall or ceiling. So then I tried option 2, the diffuser, but my phone wouldn't fit in my pocket anymore.

        • ScratchC

          Lolz i was actually referring to the flash on your dslr... maybe I wasn't specific enough sorry. smartphone flashes suck big time... I try to always use the light available and or some other kind of light source to light up the scene... if not night mode or hdr... we're still far from having decent enough flashes on smartphones. and even if they were powerful enough the light would be too harsh without diffusing it. it's a complicated thing. it's why most cellphone manufacturers are bringing in better sensors for better low light with higher resolution

  • ScratchC

    I just want a better sensor and RAW support...oh more 3rd party lenses...android needs to catch up with apple in terms of image processing. the Galaxy S4 is a great shooter for example and even the HTC one but the software isnt there.... even uploading to instagram via android gives blurry images as opposed to uploading from iOS ... and i tested it using an image from my DSLR. It may just be an instagram problem you say..but I notice it on all places I upload pictures to....the only app that has brought good image capturing/editing to android is VSCOcam and its still clunky in design...but thats due to its iOS roots