Last night we reported that Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7 in Brooklyn. Although we already know most of the features of Galaxy Note 10, there is one that everyone may have missed.
With the Galaxy S10, Samsung has added a ToF camera to its flagship smartphone. Although not all variants of the Galaxy S10 have a ToF camera, it can also be added to the Note series. According to ETNews (via BGR), Samsung's leading provider of ToF, MCNEX has invested more than 13 billion won ($ 11 million) in a facility in Vietnam to produce ToF lenses in bulk. They plan to start production by August, aligning perfectly with the launch of Note 10. Samsung has also aligned other vendors, including Partron, which manufactures ToF sensors for the Galaxy S10 5G.
ToF sensors measure the time it takes light to travel to the subject and allow the phone to map accurate depth data for scanning and 3D face recognition. With Samsung planning to add the ToF sensor to Note 10, it will be interesting to see if Samsung also changes the iris scanner to accommodate the depth data collected from the ToF sensor. It is unclear whether Samsung will add ToF to the main selfie lens or add it separately.