Samsung has already started working on the camera of its 2020 flagship, Samsung Galaxy S11.
Interestingly, Samsung Isocell Bright HMX 108MP camera sensor, will first be used on a non-Samsung smartphone. This might sound a bit odd that Samsung would develop a path-breaking technology for the smartphone camera and see it being first launched in a Xiaomi model instead.
Xiaomi Model to Feature the New Camera First
This year, the 48MP sensor virtually straddled the Android smartphone scene with multiple brands choosing it as the primary sensor in their models, whether it was a triple or quad camera setup. There were rumors that the year 2020 will witness the optic sections reaching the level of sporting 120MP sensors on the smartphones. Well, we are almost there with a 108MP sensor being announced by Samsung.
The expectation is that the 108MP sensor will be featured in the Samsung Galaxy S11 that would hit the markets in the first quarter of 2020. However, the surprising piece of information is that the sensor developed by Samsung for S11 may actually be in the market earlier than that with a Xiaomi model to be released before the Samsung Galaxy S11.
Will it be 64MP or 108MP?
It was the tipster Ice Universe that had hinted that the 108MP camera will feature in the Samsung Galaxy S11. In the same tweet, it was mentioned that the smartphone will support 10x optical zoom.
However, a new tweet put out by the official Xiaomi Twitter handle @Xiaomi talks about a 64MP as well as a 108MP sensor.
This just in! Two big pieces of news from Xiaomi's Images of the Future Conference:
Redmi and Samsung Electronics jointly announced a 64MP camera
Xiaomi and Samsung Electronics teased an upcoming 100MP ultra high-resolution camera
RT if you're excited for this new era of cameras! pic.twitter.com/f88OpJfdIS
— Xiaomi #FortuneGlobal500 (@Xiaomi) August 7, 2019
Isocell Bright GW1 is the moniker the 64MP sensor is known by. The 108MP sensor has the name Samsung Isocell Bright HMX. The latter is capable of recording and delivering 6K videos.
This is exciting news because two large technology organizations are willing to collaborate on such developments. The users of smartphones are the ultimate beneficiaries of such technological advancements and it feels great to see rivals helping each other out for the larger good of the industry.
Just consider this: the 108MP camera can yield photographs with a resolution as high as 12032 x 9024 pixels. These are mindboggling figures by any reckoning. With the technological support like artificial intelligence available, these images, after being clicked, can be edited to yield better than life pictures possibly not seen before.
The only detail missing is when the Xiaomi phone will be launched with this sensor and what its model name would be.