When was the last time your smartphone added a new feature that really got you excited? Odds are, you didn't spend hours in line for iPhone's touch-sensitive screen, 3D Touch, or Samsung's waterproof feature. Those are pretty cool. But, let's face it, smartphone makers are in a slump.
You can already do everything, it seems, on your smartphone. You can pay bills, take amazing photos and videos, text friends around the world, and watch Facebook Live videos. What else do you need?
Well, it turns out, it's two rear-facing cameras. At least, smartphone makers like Huawei (and probably Apple), hope so.
The idea behind dual rear-facing cameras is pretty cool. They'll give smartphones much better zoom features. One lens will take a closeup shot while the other will capture images in the distance.
The dual lenses won't physically move in and out like traditional camera lenses. The smartphones will use algorithms to make the transition from near to far smooth.
Another bonus is they'll take better low-light and nighttime photos. If you angrily groan every time you take a nighttime shot and it's all grainy and red, you'd love that feature.
Better yet, you won't have to wait too long to get your hands on the tech. China's Huawei unveiled its dual rear-facing camera smartphone, P9 and P9 Plus, yesterday. (See photo below.) The phones, which have been rumored for at least three years, will go on sale as soon as later this month.
The rear-facing cameras on the P9, co-created with Germany's Leica, use 1.25um Sony IMX286 chips. One lens captures RGB (red-green-blue) colors, and the second takes monochrome images with enhanced light sensitivity.