Samsung Launches World’s First 108-Megapixel Smartphone Camera Sensor in Partnership With Xiaomi

Samsung Launches World's First 108-Megapixel Smartphone Camera Sensor in Partnership With Xiaomi

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Samsung is looking to take smartphone photography to the next level with its new sensor

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Samsung has launched a new 108-megapixel smartphone camera sensor
  • Xiaomi will use this processor on one of its phones early next year
  • Samsung’s new camera sensor is built for extreme lighting conditions

After launching a new 64-megapixel camera sensor earlier in May this year, Samsung today announced a new 108-megapixel camera sensor. The world’s first 108-megapixel camera sensor for smartphones has been built by Samsung, in collaboration with Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi. Both the companies had earlier teamed up for a new 64-megapixel smartphone that will use Samsung’s 64-megapixel ISOCELL GW1 sensor. Samsung believes the new, powerful sensor will allow smartphone users to take much better photographs.

In an announcement, Samsung revealed that its new ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor can produce great photographs in ‘extreme’ lighting conditions, thanks to over 100 million effective pixels. The sensor is 1/1.33-inch in size, allowing it to absorb light better with the large surface area.

Samsung will be using its Tetracell technology that combines four pixels as one to help smartphone users take better photos in low-light conditions. The technology can also help minis noise while improving colour accuracy.

As for bright lighting conditions, Samsung’s new 108-megapixel camera sensor will use the company’s Smart-ISO mechanism that helps create more vivid pictures by adjusting the level of amplifier gains based on the ambient light. The ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor can capture videos at resolutions up to 6K (6016×3384) at 30 fps (frames per second).

Samsung has further confirmed that mass production for its new ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor will begin later this month.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi will be the first company to use this new sensor. The Chinese smartphone company has already started teasing the upcoming launch of a new smartphone with Samsung’s new 108-megapixel camera sensor.

“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,” said Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi. “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.”