As mentioned in the hardware section, the camera capabilities do, to an extent, depend upon what clever jiggery-pokery the processor SoC is capable of; things like 4K video, for example. So, it remains to be seen what the next-gen chips are capable of. Frankly, Samsung doesn’t have to do too much to impress me considering that if it implements the very same 12MP, f/1.7, 1/2.5″ size sensor and other bits, and bobs from the Galaxy S7 such as the OIS module, it will already be onto a winner. Over-engineering what is already a brilliant camera setup would be the wrong route to take in my view.
That said, there is a rumour regarding the Samsung Galaxy S8, also coming in 2017, which will allegedly feature a dual-camera sensor; just like the LG G5, Huawei P9, and supposedly the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s quite possible that with the Galaxy X being a new flagship device that it will carry the same camera hardware as the Galaxy S8; Samsung likes to share its premium tech between devices, as the Galaxy Note series consistently uses similar specs to the Galaxy S series, for example. On top of this, there’s also a rumour alleging that Samsung is working on a new camera sensor design for its future flagships. Samsung already has its BRITECELL and ISOCELL sensor technologies, and we don’t know at this point whether the new sensor is an evolution of these techs, we also don’t know if it would form part of the mentioned dual-sensor setup. The rumoured new senor features a f/1.4 aperture on a 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor rated at between 18MP and 24MP. To put that in some kind of perspective, the Galaxy S7 is on a par with many of its peers with a 12MP camera module featuring an f/1.8 aperture and a 1/2.5″ sensor size using a Sony sensor.