Samsung announces 108MP smartphone camera sensor

Recently, Chinese OEM’s Realme and Xiaomi announced their 64MP camera technology. Now, South Korean giant Samsung has launched the world’s first camera sensor for smartphones that goes beyond 100 megapixels. In partnership with Xiaomi, Samsung has announced the 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. Xiaomi already incorporates Samsung’s 64MP ISOCELL GW1 sensor for its 64MP smartphone.

In a statement, 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,”.

The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX will be a 0.8um image sensor which is the same as its 64MP offering. But the sensor size is increased to a 1/1.33-inch size that is touted to produce images with a resolution equivalent to that of a high-end DSLR. The large sensor size helps HMX in absorbing more light in low-light conditions. The smart-ISO mechanism intelligently selects the right ISO to match the needs of the environment. It will switch to low ISO in bright environments or a higher ISO in dark conditions. The HMX sensor uses Samsung’s Tetracell and ISOCELL Plus technology that is capable of producing bright, 27MP images. In terms of video, the HMX sensor supports up to 6K resolution at 30 frames-per-second.

“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 Sresident of Sensor Business at Samsung Electronics.

The 108MP camera sensor is claimed to shoot extremely sharp photos rich in detail. The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX will go under mass-production later this month. We can expect a smartphone with the camera sensor by the end of this year. Recently Xiaomi had disclosed that there will be soon a 108MP sensor (made by Samsung) in its smartphones, and it is likely to be the Mi Mix 4. 

Viraj Gawde

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