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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday June 27 2018, @11:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the five-cameras-and-an-aloe-strip dept.

LG says screw everything, we're doing five cameras for the V40

It's tough to stand out in the premium smartphone world, but LG may have a solution for its upcoming V40 flagship. There's a rumor from Android Police that says the company is throwing caution to the wind and putting five cameras on its new phone, a device that will surely succeed where last year's V30's (and its V35 variant's) paltry three cameras did not.

According to Android Police's source, the V40 will feature three cameras on the back of the device. It's similar to the Huawei P20 Pro, which was the first major smartphone to offer a triple-camera system. The V40 will also feature dual cameras on the front of the device (like the HTC U12 Plus), in what's rumored be a stereo system to follow for 3D face mapping and unlocking. While both the dual-front camera and triple-rear camera configurations aren't new, the five-camera system would the first time we've seen both on a single device. If the rumor is correct, this would be the most cameras on a smartphone.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by bobthecimmerian on Wednesday June 27 2018, @01:23PM

    by bobthecimmerian (6834) on Wednesday June 27 2018, @01:23PM (#699281)

    Seconded. But one of the key features that iOS and Android have (and I imagine Windows Phone, Blackberry OS, SailfishOS, Tizen, and so forth) is APIs that applications are required to support to automatically: save state and switch to lower power mode when the application goes to the background, save state and switch off when the application is in the background and system memory gets low, and seamlessly restart from saved state when the application is brought back to the foreground.

    If a pure Linux smart phone operating system doesn't have something similar, 1-2GB of RAM won't be sufficient and it will be a crash-happy mess. Even if you write all of the applications except for the web browser for the device in tightly-memory-managed C/C++/Rust, your device will still need a web browser. Unless that web browser is Lynx or maybe Firefox with NoScript, it's going to eat through memory rapidly.

    So: Best option is new (existing?) Linux APIs to mimic the automatic switching to low-power and off for desktop applications, all managed by the operating system. Adequate option is 4+ GB of RAM on the phone.

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