Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S24 Ultra, is expected to come with fewer cameras than its predecessor. According to reliable tipsters, the Galaxy S24 Ultra could have just three rear-facing cameras, down from four in the Galaxy S23 Ultra. According to rumors, the missing camera is the 3x telephoto lens.

Samsung may have a new solution in mind. Similar to the telephoto camera module LG showcased last year. The company could be using a continuous periscope zoom lens that can zoom from 3x to 10x.

With this configuration, the Galaxy S24 Ultra would be able to replace both zoom cameras on the Galaxy S23 Ultra with a single telephoto camera. The new camera could also offer better image quality with intermediate zoom ranges, which was not possible before.

There is also the possibility that Samsung is confident in its 200MP primary camera, which allows for 3x digital zoom, equivalent to 3x optical zoom on the Galaxy S23 Ultra. In this way, there would be no need for a separate telephoto camera.

With one camera removed from the Galaxy S24 Ultra, the rear design could be cleaner and clutter could be reduced. Despite this, plans may still change before the phone is officially released, so take this information with a grain of salt.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra features four rear-facing cameras that can record 4K 60fps videos, making it Samsung’s best camera phone. In comparison to rival phones, the two telephoto cameras offer unmatched zoom capabilities.