Samsung partners with Xiaomi for Industry’s First 108Mp Image Sensor for Smartphones


"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 not sure how that differs froum current sensor technologies, but we guess we'll find out when the mammoth unit makes it to an actual phone.

Three months after introducing its 64MP ISOCELL image sensor, Samsung has just announced the world's first mobile image sensor that breaks the 100 million pixels barrier.

Mobile photography is evolving, and the new sensors are likely to help smartphones capture images at vibrant ultra-high resolution.

In bright environments, the Smart-ISO, a mechanism that intelligently selects the level of amplifier gains according to the illumination of the environment for optimal light-to-electric signal conversion, would switch to a low ISO to improve pixel saturation and produce vivid photographs. Now, the Korean manufacturer has unveiled the sensor in question, called the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX. The mechanism would use a high ISO in darker settings to produce clearer pictures.

Samsung will be using its Tetracell technology that combines four pixels as one to help smartphone users take better photos in low-light conditions.

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"Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX will still be a 0.8um image sensor as its 64MP offering but increases the sensor size to a staggering 1/1.33", a first for a smartphone camera. We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones.

And, if slow-motion video is your thing, the sensor is capable of capturing 1080p footage at a huge 480 frames per second for smooth and cinematic video recordings.

Furthermore, the HMX sensor uses Samsung's Tetracell and ISOCELL Plus technologies which will be able to generate bright, big-pixels 27MP images.

Samsungs Executive Vice President of sensor business - Yongin Park said that Samsung is continuously pushing for innovation in pixel and log technologies to engineer their ISOCELL image sensor.