In May 2019, Samsung unveiled a 64MP smartphone sensor, but although we've heard it rumored to debut on many phones from brands like Xiaomi, Realme and Redmi, nothing has actually released with the camera yet. We are not sure how that differs froum current sensor technologies, but we guess we'll find out when the mammoth unit makes it to an actual phone. That sensor did end up on Xiaomi's flagship device so it's not exactly a surprise that the two are announcing a partnership that has given birth to the mobile market's first ever 108 megapixel smartphone camera sensor.
The best is yet to be seen when it comes to mobile photography.
The sensor also has a 'Smart-ISO' technology that intelligently selects the level of amplifier gains according to the illumination of the environment for optimal light-to-electric signal conversion. Using Samsung's Tetracell technology the sensor can unify four pixels into one, in order to achieve high quality images in low light environments, albeit at a reduced resolution of 16MP. The new 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor promises to enable extremely sharp photographs and exceptional photos in extreme lighting conditions. This should result in bringing highly-detailed pictures with natural and vivid colours.
Samsung says the ISOCELL Bright HMX will be massed produced from later this month. We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones.
The sensor also supports 30 frames per second filmed at 6K resolution. Its size is 1/1.33, which is 125% bigger than the 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM1, which lets it retain the same 0.8μm pixel pitch.
"Samsung is continuously pushing for innovations in pixel and logic technologies to engineer our ISOCELL image sensors to capture the world as close to how our eyes perceive them", said Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics. Just in the recent past, an increasing number of OEM including Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, Huawei - have incorporated 48 megapixel camera in some of their smartphones.