The Galaxy S11 is still around 5-6 months from the announcement, but the first rumors are already there and it’s hardly surprising for a Samsung flagship. The phone is expected to feature a better camera system that will incorporate a 108 megapixel camera and may support 5x optical zoom. On top of that, we also have a new discovery that suggests that Samsung may be developing a new kind of technology for its next generation of flagship handsets. Unsurprisingly, Samsung is working on features that are not available from its main competitors, including Apple. The latest could be a crazy new camera system that can detect the amount of sugar in fruit whether you’re hydrated or not, and much more.
Found by the Dutch blog LetsGoDigital, a Samsung patent application for a Electronic device comprising several light sources describes a smartphone with an infrared spectrometer on the back. This would allow a phone to send electromagnetic waves to objects, including infrared and visible light, which would send a signal back to the spectrometer. A special chip would be able to analyze the data and determine several characteristics of the object in question, including humidity levels, sugar levels and even heart rate.
More futuristic uses could include measuring CO2 or blood sugar levels, or even detecting smoke. Samsung could also use the technology to introduce its own alternative to Face ID. This is only speculation based on the content of the patent. And there’s no guarantee that the IR spectrometer will even become the next-gen Galaxy S phone.
The patent was filed on March 20, 2019, with both the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the World Intellectual Property Office. LetsGoDigital imagined what a Samsung flagship phone might look like if it included a complex five-lens camera system with a periscope lens for better zoom as well as the new spectrometer – and yes, it’s crowded.
If the Galaxy S11 incorporates a spectrometer, and assuming no other smartphone maker beats Samsung to the max, it could become the first widely available flagship to use such an advanced component. The Galaxy S11 is expected to launch at some point next February, likely right before MWC 2020 kicks off at the end of the month.