If you swing by Samsung’s official site for the Galaxy S5, and click over to the features list, hoping to get a run-down on all the hot new tricks the smartphone has to offer, you’re hit right away at the top of the page with camera tech: high-speed auto-focus, HDR, and selective focus. With Samsung placing such an emphasis on the GS5’s imaging capabilities, it’s important that this is one pitch it manages to hit out of the park; unfortunately for the manufacturer, it sounds like production troubles may be plaguing the GS5 camera’s construction.
Reportedly, it’s the lens system in this 16-megapixel shooter that’s causing all the problems. Instead of the five-lens array present in the GS4’s 13MP camera, the move to six lenses with the GS5 required engineers to make them all thinner in order to fit into the same space. The thinner you go, however, the more difficult it becomes to produce the lenses without flaws, and right now rumors suggest that yield rates are down around 20-30%.
According to these sources, Samsung has been keeping employees staked-out at the facilities of its lens manufacturing partners, doing on-site quality control and trying to keep the Galaxy S5’s release on schedule. While Samsung is still aiming at April 11, certain markets may see that date move back, as Samsung compensates for component availability.