Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Is it an attempt to take over Apple’s computational photography?

The Samsung Galaxy has been rumored since its launch event in February, with launch of Samsung’s three new Galaxy S20 smartphones with many cool features. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most premium smartphone ever launched by Samsung. The phone is powered by Octa core processor which runs on the Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 990 chipset. It has 12 GB RAM and 128 / 512 GB internal storage with expandable storage of 1TB.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra shows off the phone’s huge 108 megapixel sensor (about the double surface area of Apple iPhone 11 Pro’s main sensor). The most interesting abilities of Galaxy S20 Ultra is that it can click image in 100X using its telephoto lens.

The device can do up to 4X zoom in optical mode by folding the 48 MP periscope style lens , which can then further push out images till 10X Hybrid optic zoom.

The Space zoom feature is a key highlight of the phone which will help you capturing some cool pictures from far distances. Its Hybrid optic zoom allows you to zoom upto x3 which is clearly visible to our eyes with absolutely no loss of image quality.

Galaxy S20 series takes your videos to a whole new level with 8K resolution , the highest of any Galaxy smartphone. This feature is very much reqired to today’s generation kids because taking a video of any DJ event has been a habit to them , 8K resolution provides the clear video quality , these videos have a incredible level of detail with 4 times the resolution of Ultra-high-definition(UHD).

Samsung’s biggest rival Apple , had also released the iPhone 11 Pro Max in September , and it had showed off the superb video recording skills and facial recognization .Samsung is trying to take over Apple’s computational photography by the introduction of huge 108 megapixel sensor by clicking image in 100x using telephone lens.

Apple has released iOS 13.2 debuting ‘Deep Fusion’ computational photography discussed by the chef Phil Schiller who called it as “computational photography mad science”. Deep Fusion is an advanced image processing system that uses the A13 Bionic processor and neural engine for its machine learning process with dramatically better pictures, texture,detail,and reduced noise in lower light .

Unlike Night mode,which has an indicator on-screen and can be turned off,Deep Fusion is totally invisible to the user. Deep Fusion is doing quite a lot of work and operating much differently than Smart HDR (HDR stands for High Dynamic Range).

Like Smart HDR, Deep Fusion requires the iPhone to capture many exposures in quick succession . The computational photography of Deep Fusion sifts through each exposure, pixel by pixel , to produce one optimized result. Its also designed specially for scenes between those extremes of light and dark, when either Smart HDR or Night mode are not satisfied.

Deep Fusion is only available in latest verions of iPhone’s only whose ios version is iOS 13.2 . It essentially takes the iPhone’s Smart HDR tech a step further by intelligently combining multiple photos into a single frame with improved details and overall clarity.

Apple is looking to use processing , rather than cramming pixels onto a sensor, to produce its best results.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max runs on the Apple A13 Bionic chipset processor.

It has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage . iPhone 11 Pro Max features triple 12MP Ultra wide (13mm),wide(26mm) and telephoto (52mm) cameras having non-removable Li-ion 3969 mAh battery(15.04Wh) Qi wirless charging.

From the given observation shows that Samsung Galaxy S20 series has developed some key features to overcome the Apple’s Deep Fusion of neural engine(“computational photography”) by following specifications:

Key Features Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Apple iPhone Pro Max
Display size 6.9 inch Quad HD+ 6.5 inch super retina XDR display
Operating system Android 10.0 ios13.2
Primary Camera 108 MP + 48MP + 12MP +

VGA Depth camera

12MP + 12MP + 12 MP
Secondary Camera 40MP front camera 12MP front camera
Processor Octa core Exynos 990 A13 Bionic chip
Clock speed 2.73GHz 2.65GHz
Internal storage+RAM 128GB + 12GB RAM expandable upto 1TB 64GB + 4GB RAM
Battery Capacity 5000mAh Li-ion battery 3969mAh Li-ion battery
Resolutions 3200 x 1440 pixels 2688 x 1242 pixels


You must have now come acrossed so many features where Samsung Galaxy S20 series has developed many features to over come their rival Apple .

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has successfully over ran Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in some of the features . The introduction of huge 108 MP AI camera and clicking images in 100x using telephone lens and 8K video resolution.

As we know The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra features a folded 4x telephone lens that is said to offer a hybrid optical zoom of 10x and a super resolution zoom upto 100X.The concept of 100x isn’t entirely new, but yet none of the smartphones previously launced offered 100x zoom. In these race the Huawei P30 Pro makes out at 50x hybrid zoom , while the OPPO Reno 10x zoom makes out at 60x digital zoom. But Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offers a high resolution sensor which offers 100x zoom using telephone lens.

With the 100x lens’s field of zoom approximating what you’d get from a telescope , hand – holding that long of lens is nearly impossible but using a folded lens , Hardware and some Impressive software processing , Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 100x space zoom becomes more than possible.

Tarun Jain

Engineering student

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