Samsung integrates mobile device and digital imaging divisions; what will this mean for smartphone cameras?
Samsung’s smartphone and tablet business may be the strongest we see from any manufacturer, but rumors of slumping sales clearly have the company motivated to do things even better. We just told you about some changes Samsung is making to how it manufacturers its devices, with an aim on lowering costs. Now we hear about another big shift that’s currently taking place, as Samsung merges its digital imaging division with the one responsible for its smartphones and tablets.
Clearly, Samsung’s already been feeling influence that mobile hardware has on cameras, and vice versa: look no further than devices like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom and Galaxy NX to see for yourself how these worlds have been mingling. We’ve also been talking a lot about how cameras are one of the few areas left where OEMs have a chance to really differentiate their phones, and Samsung has a chance here to really become known for handsets that don’t cut corners with imaging.
It will be some time before we’re really able to appreciate just what an impact this restructuring has on the company’s devices, but even not knowing quite how this will play out, 2014 is already looking very promising: with phones using ISOCELL sensors on the horizon, Samsung’s competition could very much have its work cut out for it.