Samsung seems to have a thing for bringing high-resolution cameras to smartphones and there are reports that they have already started working on a 250MP image sensor.
Earlier this month, Samsung revealed it’s long term plan of eventually creating sensors that boast of 600MP that can take on the human eye.
That is at the barest minimum a couple of years away, so first Samsung is reportedly working on a 150MP sensor with a 250MP sensor coming immediately after. This information comes from Chinese tech site MyDrivers, and while we have heard of the 150MP sensor before this is the first actual mention of 250MP.
Higher resolution sensors have a couple of distinct advantages over conventional sensors. The most notable one is the significantly higher level of details in the image that can be retained while cropping it. Secondly, the higher number of pixels can be combined to create much larger individual pixels for better low-light imaging.
For context, the 108MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor can combine nine adjacent pixels through a feature called pixel-binning to make a 12MP image with a 2.4μm pixel size. Having more pixels at its disposal could leave a better factor of pixel-binning.
The more interesting bit is that this rumored 250MP sensor may additionally be much larger in size, spanning close to an inch diagonally.
Samsung’s 150MP ISOCELL sensors may land as early as next year, so it’s going to be something we’ll see within the Samsung Galaxy S30 range that may most likely make it’s debut early next year.
Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo are all reported to be interested in the technology, so we may even see this tech being used on devices from those manufacturers too. Samsung’s upcoming phones like the Galaxy Note 20 and the Fold 2 will likely adopt the 108MP camera we saw in the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
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