Samsung Galaxy S4 ‘to pack Samsung Orb camera’

360-degree, wraparound snaps to go.

Samsung Galaxy S4 concept (banner only)

Fresh details have emerged of Samsung’s plans for the Galaxy S4’s camera, as it bids to see off the challenge from the HTC One’s highly-touted UltraPixel snapper.

According to an unnamed Samsung engineer cited by Android Geeks, part of the phone-maker’s bid to differentiate its next flagship handset in the crowded Android marketplace will hinge on a camera function dubbed Samsung Orb that enables users to take 360-degree, panoramic photos.

Apparently, the feature will work in much the same way as the similar Photo Sphere mode that debuted with Android 4.2.2, but is “even better…courtesy of the S4’s amazing camera”.

Capturing wraparound images only requires Galaxy S4 owners to “move the handset up or down, left or right”, with Samsung said to be working with Facebook to make it easy to share the results of the experiments in photography that result.

Earlier leaks from the Samsung supply chain suggest that the handset will be home to a 13-megapixel camera, as well as a larger five-inch Super AMOLED fHD screen.

It’s also said to sport the octa-core Exynos processor Samsung debuted earlier this year, but that this will be replaced by a quad-core number in select territories.



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