Earlier last week Xiaomi announced that their smartphone would be equipped with a 108MP camera sensor. And today, Samsung has presented the second largest camera sensor for a smartphone so far. The Isocell Bright HMX has a 1 / 1.33 “sensor with pixels of 0.8 microns, good for a resolution of 108 megapixels. It comes in a Xiaomi phone.
Manufacturer Xiaomi hinted last week on the arrival of the camera sensor for smartphones and now Samsung has put details online. It is a 1 / 1.33 “sensor, much larger than the 1/2” sensor of many current smartphones and also larger than the 1 / 1.75 “sensor of some Huawei smartphones such as the P30 Pro. The only smartphone with a larger camera sensor is the Nokia 808 Pureview from 2012 with a 1 / 1.2 “sensor.
Samsung uses the smallest pixels it has developed to date, 0.8 microns. The software can combine information from four neighboring pixels for a 27MP photo. The manufacturer does not mention a possibility to combine information from nine pixels for a 12MP photo. The video resolution is a maximum of 6k, with 6016×3384 pixels. The 4: 3 sensor has a maximum of 12,032×9024 pixels.
The camera sensor will go into mass production at the end of this month and will probably first come into the Xiaomi smartphone. It was rumored earlier that this concerns the Mi Mix 4. Whether and when the sensor will come in other smartphones is still unknown.
Samsung specifically mentions Xiaomi as a partner in the development of the camera sensor, making it obvious that the Bright HMX will only be found in Xiaomi devices for the time being.
Earlier this year, Samsung presented a 64MP sensor for phones, the GW1. That will probably also appear in smartphones this fall. Many telephones this year, including midrange models, have the 1/2 “sensors from Samsung and Sony on board. That is a step in sensor size compared to the 1 / 2.3” or smaller camera sensors in smartphones of the past years.
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