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Samsung Galaxy Note20+ could feature 50x hybrid zoom, laser AF sensor for better autofocus

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note20 series in August and as the launch timeframe of the device nears, the leaks surrounding it are also picking up pace. The latest leak details the camera setup of the Galaxy Note20+ which was previously rumored to feature a 108MP primary camera.

As per the leak on Weibo, the Galaxy Note20+ will feature the same 108MP ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor found on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Since this sensor has autofocus issues, Samsung will be pairing it with a laser autofocus sensor which will replace the time-of-flight sensor found on the Galaxy S20 series. Additionally, the device will feature a 13MP ISOCELL 1/3" periscope camera sensor with a maximum hybrid zoom of 50x, down from the 100x hybrid Space Zoom found on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. There will also be an ultra-wide 12MP ISOCELL 1/2.55" sensor on the Note20+. The major change compared to the Galaxy S20 series is the omission of a 48MP or 64MP sensor that Samsung is using on these devices for hybrid zoom.

It looks like Samsung intends to correct a lot of its mistakes that it made with the Galaxy S20 Ultra this year. The addition of the laser AF sensor should greatly help improve the autofocus performance of the 108MP HM1 sensor. On the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the company has rolled out multiple software updates but still not been able to fix the autofocus issues properly. As for the reduction in hybrid zoom, it should not be a cause of concern as the 100x Space Zoom on the Galaxy S20 Ultra has been termed a gimmick and barely yields usable photos.

The display specs of the Galaxy Note20+ have leaked in the past. The device will feature a 6.87-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz variable refresh rate panel and LTPO. Samsung is rumored to announce the Galaxy Note20 series via an online-only event in August.

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