As Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date approaches, some new details about the gadget are emerging. According to reports, Samsung would have given up to implement the OIS technology for the camera of Galaxy Note 3 due to problems with supply chain. Therefore, the phablet would be lacking the optical image stabilization.
A new report by the Korean media specifying the original plans of Samsung, in which the OIS technology was supposed to be included in the camera of the Galaxy Note 3, but apparently the company had to change its mind due to the lack of availability of the component. Hence, the first Samsung flagship device that will implement this solution should be released in March 2014, or with the fifth model of the popular Galaxy S series.
According ETNews, only three suppliers manufacture the OIS-enabled actuators with auto focus, which would be required by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 3. Currently the ability to mass production of these factories is limited. Samsung expects to sell 10 million units of the new phablet, and therefore, they would have to prefer a traditional solution for the camera, not to run into potential problems of supply chain.
However, the modulus of a 16-megapixel camera with OIS is intended to become a standard for new mobile devices in 2014, just like the 13-megapixel has been the standard for Samsung’s high-end the device in 2013. The rumors indicate the arrival of such technology in the Galaxy S5 while the Galaxy Note 3 will have a 13-megapixel camera, probably similar to the one built into the Galaxy S4.
The optical image stabilization is a useful technology to eliminate hasty movement of the camera, allows capturing sharp images and stabilized videos. Nokia has already paved the way for such a system in the smartphone industry, bringing it into its Lumia line while Samsung has recently used the OIS in the Galaxy S4 Zoom — the variant of the device dedicated to users who enjoy taking photos on the move. Other manufacturers who use the technology are HTC (the One) and LG (the G2).
The next phablet of Galaxy Note series is expected to be officially unveiled on September 4 in Berlin, during the Mobile Unpacked event organized by Samsung.