iPhone 8 Tipped to Sport 3D Front Camera, A11 SoC Production Said to Begin

 

Apple is said to be busy solving several reported yield issues it is facing with iPhone 8, including new hardware components, Touch ID improvements, OLED panel yield, and much more. Amidst all the drama, fresh reports bring news that isn’t so bad to the ears. One report claims that Apple is set to include a front camera with facial recognition, despite recent reports of technical issues in 3D camera production. The other report claims that TSMC has already begun mass producing the Apple A11 SoC on the 10nm process, the SoC set to be integrated in the new iPhone models this year.

The Investor cites a Korea Economic Daily report to claim that the iPhone 8 will have a 3D camera module in the front capable of facial recognition. These modules will be made by LG Innotek, the same company that was responsible for the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera module. “[LG Innotek’s] new facility investment worth KRW 269.7 billion ($238.50 million) that was announced on April 27 will be dedicated to Apple’s orders. The initial deal size is estimated at about 200 billion won,” the report states. KGI was the first to suggest this feature on the iPhone 8.iPhone 8 Tipped to Sport 3D Front Camera, A11 SoC Production Said to Begin

Separately, a new report from DigiTimes suggests that TSMC has started mass producing the new Apple A11 SoC. The company is set to be the sole supplier of these SoCs, without Samsung in the equation, which is expected to be included in all three new iPhone models tipped to arrive this fall.
The report confirms that TSMC faced initial yield issues, but it seems to have solved that now. “TSMC has begun 10nm chip production for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 8 series, the sources said. Production was once affected by issues involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process, but they have already been solved,” sources told DigiTimes.

The iPhone 8 is also expected to sport 3GB of RAM, vertical dual rear camera setup, bundled AirPods, wireless charging, waterproofing, and much more.

 

Samsung Galaxy On Max with 13MP front & rear cameras launched in India at Rs 16,900

 

Samsung has launched the Galaxy On Max photography-centric mid-level phone in India at a price of Rs 16,900. The Samsung Galaxy On Max will be exclusively available for buying from online retail website Flipkart in black and gold colours starting from July 10. It won’t be sold offline, at least initially.

The USP of the Galaxy On Max, besides its all-metal unibody design, is Samsung Pay Mini and Social camera (read a camera with filters). While Samsung Pay Mini is a lighter version of the company’s Pay mobile payments service platform, the Social camera lets users apply filters and interact with social media apps like Facebook and Instagram directly from the camera app itself.

Being photography-centric, the Galaxy On Max comes with 13-megapixel cameras on the front as well as on the back. While one of the lenses has an aperture of f/1.7 the other has an aperture of f/1.9 which technically should entail in better low light photos. Both the cameras on-board the Galaxy On Max come with flash.

 Samsung Galaxy On Max with 13MP front & rear cameras launched at Rs 16,900

“Today consumers use their smartphones to capture memories. Galaxy On Max is the perfect device for this, enabling users to click brilliant photographs under all light conditions. It also offers the option of sharing pictures on-the-go with a single click. Galaxy On Max will redefine the way people click and share pictures,” Sandeep Singh Arora, vice president, Online Business, Samsung India said.

Erstwhile, the Samsung Galaxy On Max comes with a 5.7-inch 1080p screen and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 256GB via micro-SD card slot.

The dual-SIM phone runs Android Nougat-based TouchWiz UI software and supports 4G LTE connectivity. It is further backed by a 3,300mAh battery.

With the On Max, Samsung is again targeting tech-savvy phone buyers that use online sites for their shopping needs. This phone will only be sold online. However, that also makes the job of the On Max much more difficult because it will have to compete with the devices like the Moto G5 Plus and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 that are very strong online and are incredibly popular.

Samsung only recently launched the Galaxy J7 Pro and Galaxy J7 Max phones in India at a price of Rs 17,900 and Rs 20,900 respectively. Both the phones also come equipped with the Galaxy On Max’s supposed USP features, aka, Samsung Pay Mini and Social camera.

Interestingly, these are not the only phones Samsung is going to launch in India this month. The company is also expected to unveil the Galaxy J5 Pro, which it has already launched in countries like Malaysia, in India in the coming days.