As a side note, in a company teleconference, chipmaker Qualcomm said that it expects manufacturer partners to debut smartphone camera sensors greater than 100MP in resolution this year. In addition, Samsung has also introduced a 48MP version, the ISOCELL Bright GM2. The blog post reads. Using Samsung's Tetracell technology the sensor can unify four pixels into one, in order to achieve high quality images in low light environments, albeit at a reduced resolution of 16MP.
The 48MP camera sensor has become a staple of the smartphone industry since the beginning of the year, and rightfully so: it delivers high-resolution shots and 12MP pixel-binned photos in low-light environments.
As per Samsung's claims, the GW1 also comes with real-time HDR with support for up to 100 decibels. The new sensor will also be able to descramble the color filter for full-resolution 64-megapixel shots in a good light. Much like the 64-megapixel sensor, the new 48-megapixel sensor also gets Super PD for high-performance phase detection auto-focus. Both these smartphone camera sensors are now under the "sampling" process and are scheduled for mass production in the latter half of the year. We'll have to wait and see how these new sensors perform in practice, but it shows innovation in getting tiny sensors to give big performance shows no signs of letting up yet. Just in the recent past, an increasing number of OEM including Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, Huawei - have incorporated 48 megapixel camera in some of their smartphones.
"The adoption rate of multi-cameras will grow to 61 percent this year and 70 percent next year", Samsung's System LSI sensor marketing vice president Kwon Jin-hyun said. It will compete with Sony's 48MP IMX586, one of the most popular camera sensors in use.
The new 64MP sensor from Samsung works on the Tetracell binding technology. The improvement will enable the sensor to utilize the collected light more efficiently in brighter environments and offer better autofocus thanks to what the company calls Super PD.