What you need to know
- Samsung reportedly won't bring its own time-of-flight sensor back to its flagship devices.
- Apple will continue to use its LiDAR Scanner in future iPhones.
Samsung's next flagship device, the Galaxy S22 lineup, won't have a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor, according to a new report. This comes as Apple continues to offer the similar LiDAR Scanner on its own high-end iPhones, including the current iPhone 12 Pro. It's also one of the reasons iPhone 12 Pro Max is the best iPhone for photographers, too.
According to a new ETNews report, Samsung has decided against bringing the ToF sensor back to its flagship phones after initially ditching it when launching its Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S21 handsets.
Samsung believes that people weren't making use of the ToF sensor and has now apparently decided that it should save the money on what is thought to be a relatively costly part.
Apple will stick with it similar LiDAR Scanner for future iPhones, however. Apple uses the sensor for improved augmented reality and photography capabilites.
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