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Samsung Galaxy S11 could have a key iPhone 11 camera feature

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The Samsung Galaxy S11 camera specs are still a mystery, unsurprisingly given that the phone isn't set to release until 2020, but we may now know about the handset's photography 'brain', which will be inspired by key iPhone 11 software, according to a leak.

The information comes from leaker @UniverseIce (opens in new tab), a fairly reliable source for news on upcoming smartphones, who suggests Samsung is developing a post-processing function similar to Deep Fusion.

Deep Fusion is tech in the new Apple smartphones that analyzes a photograph for color, texture, and more, to optimize the image and make it look as great as possible.

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It does so with machine learning, but also by taking multiple pictures with different exposures to fully capture a scene.

It's worth pointing out that many smartphones have similar features already, with the various HDR, scene optimization and auto-processing modes fulfilling very similar roles, so many Android phones already have post-processing software to some degree.

On top of that, a camera taking multiple pictures and combining them into one isn't a new feature – it was a key selling point of the Google Pixel 3, and even the okay Nokia 9 PureView could do it.

What's impressive about the iPhone 11's Deep Fusion is that the smartphone's processing power will make it quick and easy to carry out a thorough analysis of a picture to enhance it, unlike most Android smartphones that sometimes have mediocre showings in this regard.

One example is the Samsung Galaxy S10, as while it has an impressive camera, the suite of scene optimization features is perhaps a little lacking. That's understandable, as Samsung focused on other areas (like the Live Focus or Shot Suggestion functions), but it could do with an advanced machine learning function too.

If Samsung does bring an advanced machine learning function to the Samsung Galaxy S11 (and names it something less vague and terrifying than Deep Fusion), it could blow the iPhone 11 camera out of the water. We'll have to wait until early 2020 to find out if this happens, though.

Tom Bedford
Deputy Editor - Phones

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.