Samsung S5: New Galaxy Delayed Because of Camera Production Issues

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 05:41 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The upgraded camera Samsung is plugging for its new Galaxy S5 is reportedly causing production delays because it is difficult to make.

The phone is expected to go on sale April 11, but a thicker lens on the S5's 16-megapixel camera is causing the company trouble, Business Insider said.

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ET News reported that an “instable” supply of the camera module is holding up production. The new camera lens requires six layers of plastic, one more than the current 13-megapixel lens, that must still be of the same slim size as previous lenses.

“On a thin lens, even the slightest flaw results in a considerable optical distortion,” an industry source told ET News. “To make [a] plastic lens thinner, a more accurate mold technology is necessary.”

The mold seems to be the problem, ET said, explaining that Samsung has been criticized for supplying molds to the lens manufacturers instead of letting the companies use molds of their own.

ET News said the Galaxy S5 may be “delayed in some regions,” but it wasn’t clear which of the 150 countries where it will begin selling in April may be impacted.

The S5 is the first Samsung smartphone to boast ISOCELL technology, Business Insider said, allowing the camera to shoot in low light and advertising better color capture.

Production issues delayed the launch of the Galaxy S4, as well.

The new phone was unveiled in February, and it has gotten  good reviews. ExtremeTech.com put it up against the iPhone 5 and liked the Samsung product a little better.

“Samsung is obviously aiming for the S5 to be more of a 'just works' type device, rather than the S4's 'look at all the stuff it can (kinda) do!' approach,” the reviewer wrote. “For the most part, the S5 does just work — and works well — except in the case of the fingerprint scanner, which is mostly useless. I am fairly certain that the S5 will go on to be a massive seller.”

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