Galaxy S5 camera flash

Upgraded Samsung flash 'will be used in the next Galaxy smartphone'

With less than a week to go before the expected Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has today handed us one small piece of the GS5 hardware puzzle. In a post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog, the company has revealed a range of new LED flash parts for upcoming smartphones. The components include reflector-integrated packages, side-view LEDs and a flip-chip flash LED. And according to Samsung, one of the reflector-integrated flash LEDs — the 3432 1.8t — will be included in "the next Galaxy smartphone, which is expected to be introduced later this month." That'll be the Galaxy S5, then.

Samsung's new reflector-integrated flash is designed to allow for a wider field of view within a small package, with a lead frame, and "a reflector with its own optics and diffusion features." It's tough to draw any firm conclusions about the GS5 from this alone, but it does suggest that the reported merging of Samsung's digital imaging arm into its mobile division might be starting to bear fruit.

A Samsung roadmap revealed at the company's 2013 analyst day points to a 16-megapixel ISOCELL sensor with 1.12μm pixels being used in its flagship products for 2014, and recent test photo leaks have suggested the Galaxy S5 will indeed ship with a 16-megapixel camera.

Whatever form the Galaxy S5's camera takes, we've only got another six days to wait before all is revealed, and we'll be live from Barcelona to bring you full coverage next Monday.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow