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Samsung and Xiaomi introduce the industry's first 108MP mobile image sensor

By Cookie Monster - on 12 Aug 2019, 4:46pm

Samsung and Xiaomi introduce the industry's first 108MP mobile image sensor

The 108MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX mobile image sensor. <br>Image source: Samsung

The smartphone megapixel camera war is back as Samsung just announced the industry's first 108MP mobile image sensor.

Developed in close collaboration with Xiaomi, the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX is also the first mobile image sensor to adopt a large 1/1.33-inch size which allows it to absorb more light in low-lit settings. Coupled with its pixel-merging Tetracell technology, the ISOCELL Bright HMX can imitate big-pixel sensors to produce brighter 27MP images. 

“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. 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. “As we continue our partnership, we anticipate bringing not only new mobile camera experiences but also a platform through which our users can create unique content.”

It has a Smart-ISO mechanism to automatically select lower ISOs in brighter lit conditions and high ISOs in darker settings. The ISOCELL Bright HMX can support video recording at resolutions up to 6K (6,016 x 3,384) 30fps.

“Samsung is continuously pushing for innovations in pixel and logic technologies to engineer our ISOCELL image sensors to capture the world as close to how our eyes perceive them,” said Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics. “Through close collaboration with Xiaomi, ISOCELL Bright HMX is the first mobile image sensor to pack over 100 million pixels and delivers unparalleled color reproduction and stunning detail with advanced Tetracell and ISOCELL Plus technology.”

Samsung says the mass production for the ISOCELL Bright HMX will start later this month. Xiaomi's next flagship phone is likely the first device to sport this 108MP image sensor.

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