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Android flagships to break the 24 MP camera res frontier, as OmniVision unveils two new stacked sensors

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Android flagships to break the 24 MP camera res frontier, as OmniVision unveils two new stacked sensors
Not to be outdone by Sony, which just announced its new 21 MP sensor with the world's first image plane phase detection tech for smartphones, OmniVision also chimed in with a 23.8 MP and 21.4 MP sensors of its own. The new sensors use OmniVision's own stacked PureCel-S technology, allowing for powerful performance in a compact frame, suitable for today's ultrathin smartphones.

The OV23850 unit uses phase detection autofocus (PDAF), similar to the new Sony, Samsung and Apple handsets, and allows for the usual goodies like real-time HDR and 4K video recording with 30fps. The real-time HDR mode is only available for video footage, though, including in 4K mode, while Sony and Samsung are now offering HDR previews for both stills and video. 

The 23.8 MP sensor is with the standard 1/2.3" size and 1.12 micron pixels, and when it lands in an Android phone, that will be the smartphone with the highest resolution in the land of the little green robot.

source: OmniVision (PDF)

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posted on 17 Nov 2014, 03:58 4

1. josephnero (Posts: 555; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


nice but i always prefer Sony sensors

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 06:37 3

8. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


Carl Zeiss the others meah...

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 09:06 3

10. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


isn't zeiss a lease maker ?

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 04:11 1

2. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


One M9, anybody? HTC uses Omnivision sensors right?

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 06:13

7. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Nope, it's a ST sensor.

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 07:13

9. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Oh ok thanks then it was just the FFC then

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 04:22 2

3. smdpa (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


Nice try, buuut I have a two-year old Lumia with a 41 MP sensor, which wipes the floor of any device. So...good to hear, that Handroid world is putting an effort.:)

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 04:40

5. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Bro which Lumia you got?

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 13:24

11. Ketchapp (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


Pretty sure its the 1020...

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 05:03 5

6. Malcolm.Merlyn (Posts: 129; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)


you mean your "Microsoft Lumia"? lol you got eloped.

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 04:35 3

4. deanylev (Posts: 204; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Sony sensors are far superior. Competition is good though.

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