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Samsung has today unveiled the world’s first 108-megapixel smartphone camera sensor. The company teamed up with Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi to launch the first-ever 108 MP smartphone camera sensor. Earlier this year, Samsung had teamed up with Xiaomi to develop a smartphone with 64 MP camera. The phone uses the 64 MP Samsung’s ISOCELL GW1 sensor.
Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX Sensor
Today during the announcement of the sensor, Samsung said that the new ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor is very powerful. It can produce great photographs even in the most ‘extreme’ lighting conditions. There are over 100 million effective pixels that help to capture great details. Furthermore, the size of the sensor is 1/1.33-inch which helps to absorb more light due to the larger surface area. As per Samsung, the new and powerful smartphone camera sensor will allow users to take better photographs.
In the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor, Samsung will be using its Tetracell technology. The Tetracell technology combines four pixels as one and helps users to take better photos at low light scenarios. Moreover, the technology helps to reduce noise in the pictures and also improves color accuracy. During bright lighting conditions, the sensor will switch to Samsung’s Smart-ISO mechanism. The Smart-ISO mechanism creates more vivid pictures. It adjusts the level of amplifier gains based on the ambient light. The ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor is also capable of recording videos up to 6K resolution (6016×3384) at 30 FPS.
Xiaomi will use the new Sensor in their Upcoming Smartphones
The mass production of the newly announced sensor will begin later this month. Xiaomi will be the first smartphone manufacturer that will use Samsung’s new sensor in their smartphones. The company is already teasing the launch of a new smartphone coming with Samsung’s 108 MP camera sensor. Here is what Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi said,
For ISOCELL Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted in a groundbreaking 108Mp image sensor. We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones. As we continue our partnership, we anticipate bringing not only new mobile camera experiences but also a platform through which our users can create unique content.
Xiaomi is expected to launch a new smartphone with 64 MP camera sensor in India during the end of the year. Other than Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung are also looking to launch new smartphones with 64 MP camera sensors. All these new phones will come with Samsung’s ISOCELL GW1 sensor which was launched back in May this year.