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