Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Get Portrait Mode with Future Software Update

It looks like Samsung is working to bring Portrait Mode for the single camera Galaxy S8 and the feature could possibly land through a future software update.

Since Google unveiled the Pixel 2 with a Portrait mode despite a single 12MP shooter at its rear, S8 owners have also been curious about a similar functionality coming to their device. So, a customer inquired if such a feature is inbound and the resulting slightly answer from Samsung Electronics support read: "there is no information yet, but we hope that you will get portrait mode update with the next SW". 

Normally support responses would have only contained the first part, but this one not only suggested that the feature is a possibility, but also gave hope that it's just around the corner.

It is possible that Samsung will introduce the Portrait mode on the Galaxy S8 with the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Google managed to include Portrait mode on the Pixel 2 thanks to its machine learning prowess, but it remains to be seen if Samsung will also be able to achieve similar results with the single 12MP shooter on the Galaxy S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 lacks a dedicated telephoto camera like the Galaxy Note8 but could achieve fake background blur through the use of software, like on the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL. And if it gets it, chances are its bigger brother, the Galaxy S8+ will also benefit from it.

Thanks, Sabith Pulukkool!

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