By the exceedingly high standards Samsung sets itself, the release of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 this year haven’t quite lived up to standards for some people. Both devices remain two of Android’s most celebrated handsets, but with competitors stepping their games up and the Korean giant seeming to coast in the eyes of many, we’ve already heard some big promises of next year’s marquee Sammy handsets pushing the envelope. Following on from some recent nuggets of info, it looks as though there could be a vastly improved 20-megapixel camera on the way with the forthcoming Galaxy smartphones, and although the number of megapixels is just a footnote in the story of a camera, Samsung’s desire to impress would suggest it’s more than just bluster.
The displays on Samsung smartphones have continued to improve, as have the processors, power and general functionality. But much to the annoyance of some consumers, the company has, as yet, refused to deviate from its plasticky shell, and with the likes of HTC’s One coming through with breathtaking aesthetics, rumors have also suggested that at least one handset next year will be carved from something a little more substantial than polycarbonate.
Galaxy S4 Active
As well as getting itself in a tizzy about the design, though, the market has often pointed to Samsung’s smartphone cameras as a source of weakness, and although, save for Nokia’s higher-end devices, the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 more than stand up to most, neither of their cameras are particularly breathtaking. The Galaxy S4 Zoom purported to be a marked improvement for point-and-shoot enthusiasts, but while it does pack a better camera and some nifty software, we’d still probably go for the Lumia 925 first; let alone the 1020.
The cameras of the next-gen Galaxy models could include the much-lauded ISOCELL technology, which reproduces improved color accuracy, but while that, along with the promise of a 20-megapixel sensor, does sound enticing, the lack of optical image stabilization – or OIS – may mean that ultimately, Nokia continues to sit a great margin ahead of the chasing pack.
Galaxy S4 Zoom
Are the cameras of these two flagship products in need of attention, or is it the design that Samsung should be concentrating on; or something else? Do share your thoughts below!