Samsung is working on a 600 megapixel sensor for mobile phones that would also break a size record, according to a leak
The megapixel war was all the rage years ago in the mobile market and resurfaced two or three years ago, so that today we are no longer surprised to see mid-range mobile phones with 48, 64, and even 108 sensors. megapixels. Although photographic quality lives not only in megapixels, it seems that Samsung is betting heavily on winning this race by betting their chips on a 600-megapixel sensor for their mobiles.
A rumor that has come to the fore, especially since the well-known leaker Ice Universe shared a supposed official image that showed that the South Korean company is working on the said piece. The most interesting: that it would not only have more resolution, but it would be larger
A record-breaking resolution that would not yet have processor support
The information that the usual leaker of the mobile world shared is that Samsung would be developing a 600-megapixel sensor of 1 / 0.57 inches. This is, with more resolution than its 108-megapixel sensor and also larger.
The latest top-of-the-line Samsung mobiles have had 108-megapixel sensors, being the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This being information as a rumor and without clues that point to it in the leaks on the Galaxy S21, it is not expected that we will see it in the short term.
Megapixels are fine, but the size of the sensor would be even more striking
To give a bit of context, Samsung presented its 108-megapixel ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor in August 2019, although it was Xiaomi who came forward and we saw the first mobile with one of those at the end of that year: the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. A mobile that despite incorporating a mid-range processor, in its rear camera combines that sensor with two telephoto lenses, something very unusual, although with all this race to achieve more and more pixels here we already remember that they may not be the most important thing.
Later, the Samsung phones that we have mentioned arrived, in addition to more Xiaomi phones such as the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and the Moto Edge + from Motorola. And perhaps the next jump we expected was the 192 megapixels for what Qualcomm anticipated in terms of the support of its sensors, although the manufacturer already adds support of up to 200 megapixels in its new Snapdragon 888 that we are more likely to see in some of the caps of Samsung’s range, so the theoretical cap on the market next year would be 200-megapixel sensors.
But something else caught our attention in that leak: the size of the sensor. Currently, the Huawei P40 Pro + leads the ranking of largest mobile sensors with the 50-megapixel RYYB sensor and 1 / 1.28 inches, although the Nokia Pureview 808 with 1 / 1.2 inches (with permission from Panasonic Inventions). If the leaked by Ice Universe is confirmed (at some point) and if no one anticipates it, Samsung will usurp the record from the Pureview 808 with those 1 / 0.57 inches.
The latest leak on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro reminds us why it is so interesting that the size of the sensor is increased
Of course, when talking about mobile (and according to the leaked diagram) what we will have to see is how that is physically translated in the camera module, because the drawing represents 22 millimeters thick, much more than what we see today. Although by precedents Samsung did not cut a hair with the cameras of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.
The leaker talked about 144-megapixel sensors last year for which Samsung would use the 14-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process, so maybe we’ll see those first. However, it is not the first time that 600 megapixels have been talked about in Samsung mobiles, in fact, Yongin Park himself (head of Samsung’s sensors department) already spoke about it in April.