Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra may have a 200-megapixel camera

Samsung may debut a 200-megapixel camera as early as next year, with the arrival of Galaxy S23 Ultra, the premium version of the brand’s top-of-the-line smartphone. The Korean company has not commented on the possibility, but that is what local sources claim.

The upgrade to a 200 MP camera can even be expected on the flagship model of the Galaxy S23 line, due for release next year. This, not to mention that it’s been a few years since Samsung’s main smartphones have a 108 MP main camera. Time to change?

The possible sensor of the Galaxy S23 Ultra: ISOCEL HP3

The new chip is expected to be codenamed ISOCELL HP3; with it on board, the camera should present improvements in contrast, autofocus, definition, noise reduction and also bring innovations in artificial intelligence applications.

Image: reproduction / Business Korea

Samsung with 200 MP camera

In March last year, Samsung Exynos suggested a 200 MP sensor accompanied by five other cameras.

In September 2021, the Korean company announced two new smartphone camera sensors: the ISOCELL HP1 and the ISOCELL GN5. the first is the single sensor for mobile with 200 MP resolution currently available on the market, while the second, 50 MP, has ultra-fast autofocus.

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Not to mention the title of the industry’s first mobile image sensor with 200 MP support, the ISOCELL HP1 offers high resolutions in a small package, based on Samsung’s 0.64 μm (micrometers) pixels. In addition, the hardware promises to maintain the richness of details and the sharpness of the images even when cropped or resized.

The sensor also improves photographs in low-light environments, thanks to new ChameleonCell technology — a pixel-binning technology that allows the use of 2×2, 4×4 or full-pixel layouts, depending on the environment.

Samsung's ISOCELL HP1 Camera Sensor

200MP chip could be used in the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra – Image/Disclosure: Samsung

In a low-light location, for example, the ISOCELL HP1 transforms into a 12.5 MP sensor with 2.56 μm large pixels by merging 16 neighboring pixels. These 2.56 μm pixels have better light absorption and sensitivity, producing clearer, sharper photos even indoors or at night.

Already in bright spaces, the 200 million pixels of the sensor allow capture of ultra-high definition photographs by mobile devices. This means users will be able to record video at resolutions up to 8K at 30 frames per second (FPS) with minimal loss in field of view.

The ISOCELL GN5 will also make history. After all, Samsung’s new hardware is the industry’s first 1.0μm image sensor to integrate Dual Pixel Pro, a fully directional, autofocus technology that can substantially increase autofocus capabilities.

According to the brand, this technology places two photodiodes, the smallest in the industry, inside each 1.0μm pixel of the sensor (both horizontal and vertical) so that pattern changes in all directions are recognized.

Samsung ISOCELL GN5 camera sensor

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As a result, the approximately one million multidirectional phase-detection photodiodes covering all areas of the sensor allow for instant autofocus, also capable of optimizing image sharpness even in dark environments.

The sensor also features Samsung’s proprietary pixel technology, which applies Front Deep Trench Isolation (FDTI) in a Dual Pixel product. In practice, FDTI allows each photodiode to absorb and retain more light information, improving the total capacity of the photodiodes (FWC) and decreasing crosstalk within the pixel.

With information from Business Korea

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