Back in February, just a few days before we saw Samsung officially unveil the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014, we were still neck-deep in rumor territory, and one of those late-stage theories we heard suggested that the GS5 would debut with some sort of unusual camera control. Rather than having a physical shutter button, this so-called “Side Touch” system would employ touch sensors, but we never ended up seeing anything come of the claim. Now a similar rumor is back, claiming that Side Touch will instead debut on the Galaxy Note 4.
The description of Side Touch is the same as before – it should act much the same as a regular shutter button, albeit without support for half-press-to-focus. There could also be software limitations, like not working when the camera is set to Easy Mode.
We pick up some additional camera-related Note 4 rumors, like the idea that the phone will get a 16MP optically stabilized sensor and step up to a 3.7MP front-facer. New gesture support could let you quickly pull up the camera app when waking the phone, and new software modes could include things like support for generating animated GIFs.
Even while we’re sure some smartphone camera aficionados are balking at the idea of a capacitive shutter button, overall the Note 4’s camera capabilities sound like they’re shaping up to put on a pretty impressive showing.