Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Samsung partners with Xiaomi for first 108MP mobile image sensor

Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX flaunts 108 megapixels in 1/1.33″ sensor Samsung has just launched a new sensor for ultra-high resolution mobile photography
Cecil Davis | 12 August, 2019, 15:42

The Chinese smartphone company has already started teasing the upcoming launch of a new smartphone with Samsung's new 108-megapixel camera sensor.

Samsung on Monday announced the new 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor that it claimed is the world's first mobile image sensor to go beyond 100 megapixels.

With the latest addition, Samsung will expand its 0.8-micrometre image sensor offerings from its recently announced ultra-high 64Mp to 108Mp. There is a Smart-ISO which help the sensor intelligently to select the correct ISO to match the needs of the environment.

In Samsung's announcement of the sensor, it talks about "close collaboration between Xiaomi Corp. and Samsung", and while that doesn't confirm a Xiaomi phone will have the tech first, it seems pretty likely anyway.

While we're still waiting for a handset with a 64MP camera to release, Samsung has unveiled its ISOCELL Bright HMX, which ups the megapixel count to a massive 108MP.

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The mechanism uses a high ISO in darker settings to reduce noise, resulting in clearer pictures. The sensor also supports 6K (6016 x 3384 pixels) video recording at 30 fps. 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".

According to reliable tipster Ice Universe the newly-announced Galaxy Note 10 will be the last flagship smartphone from Samsung with the previous generation of camera technology, with the Galaxy S11 marking "a new beginning".

Mass production for Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX will begin later this month.

As with other Isocell sensors, the new HMX will benefit from Samsung's Tetracell technology, which enables four sensors to act as a single photosite (for greater sensitivity to illumination) in order to produce 27MP images in low light conditions.