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The Samsung Galaxy S5 specs rumor mill has begun with the first feature all but confirmed for the device being a 16-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization.
The high-tech point and shoot technology was originally expected to debut on the Galaxy Note 3, however, a new report from ETNews confirms that the phablet will not have it.
Samsung originally considered it for the device, but plans changed once the company faced some component supply issues with the camera. The publication predicts the first Samsung device to be released with OIS will launch in March 2014. This will most likely be the Galaxy S5 since the line normally is released around that time of year.
OIS cancels sudden movements of the camera allowing for clearer pictures and smoother video overall. Nokia began using similar technology on its Lumia line. Samsung used OIS in the Galaxy S4 Zoom camera-smartphone hybrid. HTC used it on the One and LG on the G2.
Samsung had an issue with the supply of OIS-enabled auto focus actuators, according to ETNews. Only three companies in the world are able to fabricate these components causing a limited supply. It would not have been fast enough to meet the overwhelming demand for the Galaxy Note 3 when it launches later this year. Instead of implementing the new technology, the phablet will ship with the 13-megapixel camera found on the Galaxy S4.
The 16-megapixel module with OIS is expected to become Samsung's standard in 2014.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled at the company's "Unpacked" media event set to take place in Berlin on Sept. 4. The device will be introduced alongside Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 should be released during the Sprint of next year as that has been the launch time for the previous two models.