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Huawei started the trend for longer zoom reach on smartphone cameras with the 5x periscope-style tele camera in the Huawei P30 Pro. OPPO followed soon after with a similar system in the OPPO Reno 10x.

It's only a question of time before we'll see 5x teles from the other major manufacturers and everything points towards Samsung being next in line. Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM) has kick-started mass production of a new camera module with 5x optical tele and if the rumors can be trusted we will see the new module in the upcoming Galaxy Note device generation.

Image: etnews/Samsung

According to a report by Korean publication etnews the camera module will have a very slim 5mm profile which eliminates the need for a 'camera hump' on the back of the device. Like in the Huawei solution, a refracting prism is used to channel incoming light onto the sensor. The module will be aligned vertically in the device.

Sample shots from the new system show off magnifications at standard, 2x and 5x settings but we'll have to wait for the final product to see if the Samsung module's image quality can compete with the Huawei and OPPO solutions.