Samsung Galaxy S10's camera is set to get better bokeh, thanks to this feature

The Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks just keep on coming, and for the most part it's the phone's cameras that are getting the most attention. 

As we know, though, having the best camera phone is not just about hardware but software innovations, too, and this latest tidbit is one of the most interesting yet. 

UPDATE: The Samsung Galaxy S10 is finally here. You can read all about it in our Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S10 camera review

Found deep in the logs of a trademark, the savvy folk at Galaxy Club, have unearthed a new camera feature that's being called Artistic Live Focus. 

Live Focus is a feature that was found on the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and it's a feature that, according to Samsung, means "portraits will pop when you bring faces to the front with Live Focus. Then use the bokeh filters to turn background lights into shapes, adding sparkle to the scene."

Bokeh on a phone isn't new. It's a feature that can be found on most camera phones at the moment, with the iPhone XS and Huawei Mate Pro 20 really pushing this tech in its handsets. But done wrong and things can look really fake. 

Better bokeh

Artistic Live Focus will likely bring enhanced control to bokeh on the Samsung Galaxy S10. But it also looks as if it will be used to add motion to Live Photo images, with the patent noting the new feature will be used for “creating digital animation and special effects of images.”

Given the Samsung Galaxy S10 is likely to have the Snapdragon 855 processor, it's a phone that will have enough grunt to create these mini bokeh movies in real time. 

Obviously it's not a given that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will have this feature, it's not specifically referenced that it's just for the S10, but it does seem likely. 


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Marc Chacksfield

A technology journalist who has been in the industry for 17 years, Marc is the former editor-in-chief of TechRadar and has also steered the ship for technology brands including T3, Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide, and is currently the director of Shortlist Media and co-owner of 

An expert in the field of camera phones and mobile tech, Marc has been a long-time specialist when it comes to phone reviews, hands-on coverage, reviews and rumors. As a frequent visitor to big trade shows like CES, he has also had boots on the ground for the latest camera announcements and breaking developments in fields such as 8K video.