Thanks to some of Samsung’s patent filings reported on Monday morning, speculations have begun circulating concerning a 3D-video and still image camera to be included with the upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone. If the rumor is true, this could be a major selling point for smartphone buyers who find themselves teetering on the iPhone/Galaxy S IV fence.
Two patents filed on behalf of Samsung have been analyzed on Patent Bolt, a PC and mobile patent news site. The first patent is suggestive of a 3D-video feature, understood as an “Application software for smart phones; application software for tablet computers; digital camera; USB flash drives; mobile telephones; portable media players; portable computers; rechargeable batteries; smart phones; tablet computers; wireless headsets; lenses for cameras.”
So, as you can see, there’s no guarantee that we’ll see this technology on the Galaxy S IV — at least no greater a chance than on any other upcoming Sammy electronic device.
The second patent filing refers to a panoramic still feature. The specially-made lens will be capable of suppressing stray rays which cause glare or “ghost phenomenon,’ overall improving an image quality.
Either way, from the limited information, we’re guessing that the 3D effect will be an after-effect of sorts; a digital manipulation done within the software after the image or video has been captured. As always, we’ll just have to wait to see if these rumors hold any weight in the real world. A quick reminder (I’m sure you’re sick of hearing it as much as we are:) Samsung’s “Unpacked” event is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 in New York City.