Samsung partners with Xiaomi to launch first ever 108MP mobile image sensor


Samsung earlier today has officially announced the ISOCELL Bright HMX camera sensor which offers a resolution of 108 megapixels. Samsung is into home appliances, displays, chipsets, and even camera sensors.

For now we'll have to see what the Chinese firm has planned for the new image sensor, and whether it can indeed outperform the ISO capabilities of Huawei's offering.

Xiaomi said recently, that its smartphone with a 64-megapixel camera is coming soon. It also the first mobile image sensor to adopt the 1/1.33-inch size, which leads to better overall, and especially low-light shots. The company says this is the first mobile image sensor to go beyond 100 million pixels. When under bright lights, the Smart-ISO mechanism that helps to clear out the image for the ideal photograph, switches to low ISO in order to produce the right pixel saturation and more rich photographs.

For advanced filming, the HMX supports video recording without losses in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K and 30-frames-per-second (fps).

With the intention to reinforce its stance in the smartphone market, Samsung Electronics in partnership with Xiaomi Corp. has unveiled a new image sensor for mobile phones that can pack more than 100 million pixels and provide more in-depth details and unrivaled color reproduction. It's also created to take better low-light shots by merging the pixels to absorb more light.

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While most DSLR and mirrorless camera makers barely crossing the 25 MP mark these days, it may seem odd that smartphones-makers are coming up with ridiculous megapixel counts for their phones.

Mass production of the sensor is expected to begin by the end of August, so we can expect the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 to sport the HMX at its launch, likely taking place in October. On the other hand, while it uses higher ISO for low light photography, the camera switches to a lower ISO in bright lit scenarios.

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The sensor makes use of the pixel-merging Tetracell technology for the production of brighter pictures at a resolution of 27MP.