Samsung’s 108 million pixel ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor for smartphones is official

Samsung ISOCELL 108MP

Samsung ISOCELL 108MP

Samsung's brand-new, pixel-packed 64MP and 108MP camera sensors will make their debut in Xiaomi-built smartphones, the technology companies have confirmed.

Samsung has launched a new image sensor, the Isocell Bright HMX, that boasts 108 million megapixels (Mp).

The sensor also employs real-time HDR of up to 100dB (decibels); in comparison, Samsung says, conventional image sensors are capable of around 60dB, while the human eye is capable of around 120dB of dynamic range.

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In bright light, however, Dual Conversion Gain converts received illumination into an electric signals according to the environmental lighting conditions to make more efficient use of collected light. As a result, the sensor can produce brighter 27MP images in low light situations. The HMX supports video recording without losses in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384) 30-frames-per-second (fps).

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"Through close collaboration with Xiaomi, ISOCELL Bright HMX is the first mobile image sensor to pack over 100 million pixels and deliver unparalleled colour reproduction", said Yongin Park, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business at Samsung Electronics.

With its Tetracell technology, the sensor can merge four nearby 0.8-micron pixels to create a bigger 1.6-micron pixel size that allows better image capture in challenging situations. GM2, like GW1, adopts DCG as well for added performance and Super PD for fast autofocus. This suggests we could see a 108MP phone before the end of the year.

These new products expand the South Korean giant's 0.8μm sensor lineup that had previously peaked at 20MP with the Isocell Slim 3T2 - the world's smallest image sensor, at just 5.1mm, which was revealed in January.

In June 2018, Samsung introduced an upgraded pixel isolation technology, the ISOCELL Plus. This partnership isn't entirely surprising given that these two companies recently came together for Xiaomi's 64MP smartphone that incorporates Samsung's 64MP ISOCELL GW1 sensor inside.

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