Samsung’s 108-megapixel sensor pushes phone cameras to next level

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Samsung has revealed a 108-megapixel sensor for phones.

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Fresh off unveiling its Galaxy Note 10 phones, Samsung is looking to the future of cameras with its 108-megapixel mobile image sensor. On Monday, it showed off the 1/1.33-inch Isocell Bright HMX, developed in collaboration with Xiaomi.

You’ll be able to take 108-megapixel photos in brightly lit settings, while in low-light situations the company’s Tetracell tech will kick in and gather more light to create 27-megapixel images. In terms of video recording, it’ll be able to shoot 6K movies at 30 FPS.

It’s the first mobile image sensor to offer photos of more than 100 megapixels, according to Yongin Park, the executive vice president of Samsung’s sensor business.

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“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, in a release.

Mass production begins later this month. Samsung didn’t mention which phone the Isocell Bright HMX would appear in first, but the collaboration suggests it’ll be a Xiaomi.

The Chinese phone maker declined comment, while Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.

First published at 3:38 a.m. PT.
Updated at 4:55 a.m. PT: Notes that Xiaomi didn’t comment.