Feb 18th, 2014

Samsung often takes to their Samsung Tomorrow blog to announce new hardware innovations that they claim will arrive in future devices. You may remember back in September of last year that Samsung announced a new 8MP CMOS image sensor for “premium” mobile devices dubbed ISOCELL. While ISOCELL is said to improve images in well lit environments (where there’s a big difference in dynamic range), but what about when a flash is absolutely necessary to illuminate dark subjects? Samsung’s got you covered.

Samsung integrated flash LED package

We know, smartphones cameras with LED flashes aren’t known for creating the most stellar photos. More than often, subjects are blown out, and come out looking a tinge of green. Today, Samsung is introducing several new types of LED flashes that will debut in high-end mobile devices later this year because, well… any new advancements are sure to help.

The first is an LED flash they’re calling a “reflector-integrated flash LED” and will debut in the Samsung Galaxy S5. It basically shoots light in a wider field of view to compensate for our smartphone cameras wide FOV. This ensures light reaches to the far edges of the image, which should come in handy when flash is needed. Samsung also says the color rendering has also been improved, making the flash function well in both daylight and nighttime shots.

Samsung LED flash chip

Samsung also talked about their affordable “standard flash LED 2016” which is said to offer better light output and better color than LEDs found on current smartphones. Lastly, Samsung introduced their upcoming “side view LEDs” which are said to be more power efficient and given their small footprint (.8mm thick), makes them perfect for the growing trend of thinner smartphones and tablets.

Samsung says they’ll begin mass producing their new LEDs in March, where you can expect to find them popping up inside devices sometime in Q2.

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