Galaxy S11: Samsung plans huge 108MP camera for next major smartphone

New ultra high-resolution image sensor will be first to exceed 100 million pixels

Anthony Cuthbertson
Wednesday 14 August 2019 16:44 BST
Samsung's camera for the Galaxy S11 will first appear in a Xiaomi device
Samsung's camera for the Galaxy S11 will first appear in a Xiaomi device

Samsung is planning a major upgrade for the Galaxy S11, with the flagship smartphone set to feature a 108-megapixel image sensor.

The Korean electronics giant developed the Isocell Bright HMX sensor to bring high-end camera specs to its top tier mobile phones, however it will be another smartphone manufacturer that will first introduce it.

Chinese firm Xiaomi revealed at the Future Conference that it will debut Samsung's image sensor on one of its phones later this year.

It will be the first time an image sensor on a smartphone has exceeded 100 million pixels, with images measuring 12,032 x 9,024 pixels..

News that Samsung will include it in the Galaxy S11 comes from notorious leaker Ice Universe, however the release date for the next Samsung flagship is not expected until Spring 2020.

In a blog post describing the new sensor, Xiaomi said the huge pixel count will allow users to take billboard-sized images.

"Photographers can not only take more detailed photos, but also make better use of their imagination and creativity with this sensor," the post stated.

"Samsung's 100MP sensor will be the largest smartphone image sensor offered on the market. The notable sensor size enables an ultra-high light input to deliver stellar images in low-light environments."

Xiaomi added that the new sensor would be able to maintain a high-resolution even when zoomed in, claiming it will be able to take 27MP images in 2x zoom.

Ice Universe also claimed in its latest leak that the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S11 will come with 10x optical zoom.

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