At the IFA Berlin trade show, Samsung stole the show with their announcements of the Galaxy Camera and the Galaxy Note II. Given the attention to photography behind the Galaxy Camera and its optical zoom, it was curious to see Samsung stick with the same 8-megapixel that was present in the first-generation Galaxy Note given the importance of the Note II’s in Samsung’s lineup. The reasoning behind sticking with the same tried and true camera resolution? According to a report, it appears that Sony could not provide the quantities of a 12- or 13-megapixel CMOS sensors that Samsung needed for the Galaxy Note II.
Prior to the official announcement of the Galaxy Note II, it was rumored that the device would have a higher megapixel resolution camera. However, it appears that the decision to retain the same camera sensor as the current-generation model is not due to Samsung trying to cut costs, but rather because it could not obtain supplies.
According to Unwired View, it appears that though Samsung could not obtain quantities of the 13-megapixel sensor, rival smartphone-maker LG was able to negotiate a deal with Sony to secure the camera sensor on the LG Optimus G flagship, which is due to arrive later this month.
With recent leaks, it appears that Samsung is attempting a similar wide scale launch of the Galaxy Note II much like it had done with the Galaxy S III smartphone. Though the company has not announced any specific plans for the U.S. market, it’s been rumored that the device would land on all the major national carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, of which AT&T and T-Mobile already support the original Note phablet that was originally announced a year ago.