Samsung released a fascinating patent on EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) covering lossless zoom technology called “Space Zoom.” It is highly likely that in February next year, the feature will find its way to one or all of the new Galaxy S11 smartphones.
The patent is not going into details, but it explains a feature that allows you to zoom in on a subject without losing quality. This sounds like some sort of hybrid zoom, meaning it uses the actual magnification from a proper telephoto lens and then applies digital zooming and possibly image stacking to allow you to get even closer without a significant drop in quality.
Nonetheless, the patent is consistent with previous claims that at least one version of the Galaxy S11 will come with a 5x camera.
We may have to wait for the Spring to see the S11 Space Zoom come to life and learn exactly what it is.