Published: Thu, May 09, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Samsung announces new 64 MP image sensor for mobile devices

Samsung announces new 64 MP image sensor for mobile devices

Since the pixel size is similar, the new 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor will be physically bigger in size and will be able to capture more light.

The 48MP GW2 sensor has the same features, and both chips are already sampling to customers, with mass production beginning in the second half of the year.

The new 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 and the 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM2 sensors make their entry into Samsung's 0.8um image sensor line-up.

Samsung said both camera sensors are now sampling to customers, with mass production expected to start in the second half of this year. 48MP sensors are being used even in budget and mid-range phones, led by Sony's IMX586 sensor and Samsung's ISOCELL Bright GM1. It does that by merging four pixels into one while the color filter is descrambled for full-resolution 64-megapixel shots in good lighting.

On another hand, GM2 is a 48MP sensor that also utilizes Tetracell for low light condition and remosaic algorithm in a bright environment.

GW1 also comes with real-time HDR capability of up to 100dB which is much higher than an average image sensor which goes at around 60dB. Regular image camera sensors are in the range of 60-decibels (dB).

The company said it has been also developing various sensors for automotive cameras to meet growing demands for self-driving cars. Samsung has also packed other tech into GW1 including Dual Conversion Gain (DGC), Super PD auto-focus technology, and the support for full HD 480fps slow-mo video recording. Samsung has also adopted DGC and Super PD technology for the sensor.

The next major Samsung smartphone we've been hearing about is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, however we expect to see that in the next few months, so it could be too late for Samsung to add these sensors to the phone this close to release.

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