Most high-end Samsung smartphones released in recent years feature the company’s 108-megapixel ISOCELL HMX camera sensor, and next year’s Galaxy S23 may feature the 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP1 sensor, which the company’s engineers recently used to take a giant photo of a cat. Sony, which makes sensors for companies like Apple and Google, is also said to be working on a photo sensor with lots of megapixels.
Sony, Apple and Google customers, who are behind some of the best camera phones, seem to favor software processing over the hardware itself, which is why the highest-end iPhone still has a 12 megapixel photo sensor. Google has finally ditched the 12.2-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor in favor of Samsung’s 50-megapixel ISOCELL GN1 sensor, and Apple’s next high-end smartphones, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, are rumored to , be equipped with a 48-megapixel photo sensor.
Software optimizations can’t do it all, and ultimately a higher resolution sensor is theoretically able to capture more light, giving your smartphone more data to process. So it’s good news that Sony’s first 100-megapixel smartphone sensor is in development.
This rumor comes from Digital Chat Station. Apparently, the sensor will be part of Sony’s IMX8 series and will be aimed at mid-range smartphones.
Additionally, Sony apparently also has a new IMX9-series sensor in the works, which will compete with Samsung’s 50-megapixel ISOCELL GN2 sensor, which pixels are 1.4μm. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro was the first smartphone to feature this 1/1.2 inch sensor.
The leaker previously said Sony’s next IMX9 series camera will be a 50-megapixel sensor which may be known as IMX989 and it will be 1-inch in size. He also mentioned that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra might be the first smartphone to come with this sensor. Sony’s Xperia Pro-I 2021 also has a 1-inch sensor, but its resolution is 12 megapixels.
The source also claims that Samsung is preparing a larger sensor than the GN2 sensor, but did not provide further details.
The CEO of Sony’s semiconductor division previously said smartphone cameras will overtake DSLR cameras by 2024, and it looks like these new larger, higher-resolution cameras would be steps in this direction.