Move over 64MP: Samsung unveils 108MP camera sensor destined for Xiaomi phone

Move over 64MP: Samsung unveils 108MP camera sensor destined for Xiaomi phone

OEMs and sensor makers like Samsung and Sony will no doubt continue to push it beyond boundaries. Companies like Apple and Google, and Samsung in its flagship phones, use smaller sensors with larger pixel sizes for the same reason.

Samsung has just announced the world's first mobile camera sensor that goes beyond 100MP.

Commenting on the Launch the, Lin Bin, who is the co-founder and president of Xiaomi said that, "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". The new sensor, made in collaboration with Xiaomi boasts of a mouth-watering 108MP camera sensor. The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX will be entering mass production later this month and will be used first on Xiaomi smartphones that could be announced later this year. In other words, you should theoretically expect the ISOCELL Bright HMX to offer similar low-light performance as previous ultra high-resolution sensors at the very least. This allows the sensor to optimise its full well capacity (FWC), utilising the collected light more efficiently especially in bright environments.

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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.

Samsung is able to maintain the same pixel size as 48MP and 64MP sensors due to the 1/1.33-inch sensor size employed by the 108MP camera sensor. It then switches to a low ISO to improve pixel saturation for vivid photographs. The mechanism would use a high ISO in darker settings to produce clearer pictures. On top of that it can record in lossless 6K, at 30 frames per second. Though we are not sure how soon we will see it in any market-ready device.

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.