The Galaxy Note 8 could be getting a dual camera system similar to the iPhone 7 Plus or LG G6, per an investor note obtained by 9to5Google from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo apparently says that the Note 8’s camera will be “the most important upgrade” in the upcoming smartphone, with 3x optical zoom, optical image stabilization on both lenses, and the ability to take both 12-megapixel wide angle and 13-megapixel telephoto shots. Kuo also claims the “Note 8’s dual-camera will be much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus and likely match that of OLED iPhone,” referring to a top-of-the-line model he expects Apple to introduce later this year.
Kuo is both well known and fairly reliable when it comes to Apple supply chain rumors, but he historically hasn’t been known for similar connections when it comes to Samsung. That said, the rumors do make sense — Samsung confirmed to The Verge’s Dan Seifert that the company had experimented with a dual camera setup for the Galaxy S8, and leaked photos of an S8 prototype matching Kuo’s description made the rounds earlier this week.
At the time, Samsung had given the reason that the dual camera setup would require a higher price tag and more demanding hardware, which logically fits in with the ethos behind the Galaxy Note line. Additionally, if Kuo is correct, angling the Note 8 around the upgraded camera could help to serve as a way of differentiating it further from the now-similarly sized Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.