Samsung debuts new 64 megapixel sensor for upcoming flagship phones

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When it comes to the world of smartphone cameras, and flagship ones in particular, the current trend places a big focus on the number of lenses onboard as opposed to megapixels.

That is going to change, however, with Samsung recently unveiling a new 64MP sensor for smartphone cameras. More specifically it’s christened the ISOCELL Bright GW1, with it utilising the same 0.8μm-sized pixels that the South Korean manufacturer employs for its 48MP sensor.

As such it will be able to capture far more light while still featuring similar dimensions to what Samsung currently has on offer.

Diving deeper into the specifications, the Bright GW1 will yield 16 megapixel-sized images, which is slightly larger than the 12 megapixel sizes that the previous 48MP sensor use to crank out. These images are said to be under low-light conditions, with Samsung noting that up to 64 megapixel shots can be obtained in brighter settings.

With Samsung already shipping devices with 40-plus megapixel sensors, as well as Huawei doing the same, it appears as if the new standard as far as flagship phones are concerned will be 64MP.

As for when we’ll be able to see a device sporting it, the South Korean manufacturer says the sensor is in the sampling phase, with them expected to go into production for smartphones in the second half of this year.

Consequently we could see said 64MP sensor feature on the Galaxy Note 10 in September / October, or perhaps even one of Samsung’s Galaxy A devices, which have routinely featured powerful components.

For now though, the firm is staying tight-lipped as to what kind of device the new sensor will feature on.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.