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Samsung’s Galaxy S25 Outdated Camera May Yield Surprising Results


Samsung’s vanilla Galaxy S23 (review) debuted with an updated 50 MP sensor that helms the rear triple camera in the device. Despite having a lower resolution compared to the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 200 MP, the camera proved to be a solid shooter. It was reported earlier the upcoming Galaxy S24 will use the same sensor, but a fresh rumor suggests the same sensor will see action in 2025’s Galaxy S25.

An old camera in the base Samsung Galaxy S25

The same leaker who reported on the Galaxy S24 and S24+ featuring a familiar 50 MP Samsung ISOCELL GN3 sensor next month has now dismissed its earlier claim about the Galaxy S25 (Plus) sporting a Sony-made IMX sensor. Instead, Tech Reve published a new X post that stated the Galaxy S25 base models will be equipped with a 50 MP camera that is similar to the current ones installed on the Galaxy S23.

If this is true, the sensor will surely be dated compared to the rest of the competing flagship camera phones which will receive generational camera upgrades in a year or two. For instance, Apple’s iPhones always receive new imaging sensors each year, either via improved sensitivity or a larger sensor area despite an unchanged resolution on the non-Pro models.

Samsung Galaxy S24
Samsung’s Galaxy S24 and S24+ are said to feature an updated design but with an unchanged triple camera system. / © On Leaks / Smart Prix

Similarly, Google’s Pixel 8 (review) has the same imaging setup with a 50 MP primary camera as the Pixel 7. However, this is a different sensor as it boasts better light absorption and support for macro shooting compared to the Pixel 7’s 50 MP.

Such a move would likely widen the hardware gap between Samsung’s non-Ultra and Galaxy S Ultra range, further reserving the best features such as the 200 MP camera exclusive to the most expensive Galaxy model.

However, having the same sensor might not be an entirely bad thing. Samsung could introduce enhanced image processing through AI and software eventually. Even so, different optics and colorimetry that go with the sensor to deliver better photos and videos are also possible like what’s seen in the OnePlus Open (review) via Hasselblad.

In addition, there’s still a year away from the launch of the Galaxy S25 series. Hence, some changes will most probably happen along the way. Nonetheless, we suggest you take this rumor with a pinch of salt until solid evidence begins to emerge.

What are your thoughts on the Galaxy S25 offering less exciting camera upgrades? Tell us your opinion in the comments.



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