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Samsung Galaxy S8’s ‘Improved Camera’ Reverting To Rear Single Cam Instead Of Dual Setup?

As the anticipated release of Samsung Galaxy S8 nears, more and more rumors are emerging online joining the plethora of foreseen specs and features of the upcoming flagship. Recent mumblings seem to put the spotlight on the Galaxy S8’s camera.

A previous Inquisitr report, citing Forbes, mentioned a statement from Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong promising that alongside a “slick design,” the Samsung Galaxy S8 will also feature an “improved camera.” The exact camera specs and features are yet to be announced, but if the latest grapevines are to be considered, the 2017 flagship’s may boast a significant new feature for the selfie snapper. Moreover, Samsung Galaxy S8’s rear primary shooter is initially expected to have a dual camera setup but the latest reports are now suggesting that it will go back to the single lens system.

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A report from My Smart Price, as cited by GSM Arena, showed a screenshot posted on Chinese website Weibo which contains a leak about the Samsung Galaxy S8’s camera. According to a leakster, the dual camera setup idea for the Samsung Galaxy S8 won’t happen anymore. The leakster noted the following.

“S8 two-camera program basically fell through, continue to adhere to the single camera war 2017.”

However, there’s still a possibility that Samsung will offer a dual camera system, only it is not coming to the standard variant of the Galaxy S8. According to the report, the leak additionally noted that the two rear cameras may only be featured by the bigger S8 variant (6.2 inches). With this, Samsung could be matching Apple’s camera setup for their iPhone 7 models, with the regular iPhone 7 having a single primary camera and the iPhone 7 Plus getting a dual setup.

For the selfie lovers out there, the Samsung Galaxy S8 could give clearer and sharper pictures as it is currently rumored to sport an autofocus functionality, ET News revealed, according to Pocket Lint.

“Samsung is said to be testing autofocus actuators, which claim to have little effect on the camera’s size, so it shouldn’t protrude out the front, but it could have an increased effect on the price of the phone.”

Front-facing cameras with autofocus feature are not yet widely seen in smartphones available in the market today. But if this Samsung Galaxy S8 camera rumor pans out, then the 2017 flag bearer will be joining HTC Desire Eye and Sony Xperia M5 on the list of handset devices with autofocus selfie camera.

Aside from the camera, there are also talks about Samsung Galaxy S8’s massive storage and memory specs improvement. Sam Mobile reported that the upcoming phone could feature a 6GB RAM and a native storage option of up to a whopping 256GB. This could equal the iPhone 7 when it comes to storage as Apple is also offering a model with 256GB capacity.

The Korean tech giant’s current flagship model comes with 32GB internal storage and a support for memory expansion via a microSD card.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is currently pegged for an early 2017 release with a grand unveiling that could happen right before Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Spain. Exact details about the smartphone are still being kept under wraps but the Galaxy phone maker did announce that the device will have a digital assistant with enhanced AI.

According to an earlier report from the Inquisitr,Samsung Galaxy S8’s digital assistant will be based on the work of Viv Labs, an artificial intelligence company purchased by the Korean tech manufacturer. Specifics have not been disclosed yet but Rhee Injong, Samsung Executive Vice President, shared the following.

“Developers can attach and upload services to our agent. Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease.”

The Inquisitr will continue to keep you in the loop for more Samsung Galaxy S8 news.

[Featured Image by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Samsung]