Galaxy S6 shipping with two different camera sensors - from Sony or Samsung

Samsung has been known to use different sensors in one and the same model of its flagship lines before, and, seemingly, the Galaxy S6 won't be an exception. While we revealed not long ago that the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are using a Sony IMX240 camera sensor, now another unit is elbowing its way into the picture, Samsung's own 16 MP creation.

This situation mimics what the company did with the Note 4 - the version with an Exynos processor of its latest phablet uses a Samsung-made sensor, reported as SLSI_S5K2P2, while the Snapdragon 805 variant is equipped with Sony's IMX240. At the time, it was argued that it's just the software reporting different strings, because of the two separate ISPs (image signal processors), utilized in the different chipsets.

The thing is, though, that Samsung has eschewed Snapdragon for the Galaxy S6 entirely this time around, and only uses its own 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 for all models, with no Snapdragon anywhere to be seen. Users from all over the world are reporting either Sony or Samsung camera sensor strings in the XDA thread below, and there doesn't seem to be any production period, model or carrier pattern determining which sensor goes into what handset. 

They are seemingly put in at random batches, and Samsung apparently considers them interchangeable, so we wouldn't worry too much whether it's a Sony or a Samung sensor inside, as both the S6 and the S6 edge seem to take some of the best pictures that the mobile industry can currently offer.

source: XDA-Devs

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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85 Comments

1. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Not nice thing to do like that...

16. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I'm sure that ALL the review units sent to the media were equipped with the Sony sensors while the ones sold are mostly with the crappy Sammy's ones. I consider it cheating. Sammy should have made both versions available to the media for reviewing purpose. Hey PA, why don't you re-review another GS6 with Sammy's sensor? We all know Sammy: the grand slamer in benchmark cheating.

21. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

since HTC is the only brand cheating on benchmarks as of today I would say no.

34. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Samsung should have been honest either way. I like to know exactly what I'm getting when I buy.

70. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I used both SD805 and Exynos 5433 note 4 over two months and two months... there is no observable difference between the camera result of both. Both produce great quality photos, except exynos camera has little more contrast. Which I though was due to different ISP but now I come to know that both had entirely different sensors

74. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

are lieing my friend N 910C has sony sensor

77. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

do you have a vision impairment problem? OR reading ability disorder? go and get the mental treatment before calling someone a lier (plz dont forget to get eye sight check up as well)... in my above comment did I say that n910c doesnt have sony's sensor? plz read carefuly if your brain is functioning properly. I dont know which model have which sensor... I am lieing or PA is lieing? this information is revealed by PA that both models are using different sensors. For your kind information both models have a slight difference in color reproduction. Go purchase both models and take photos by yourself and compare by your retarded brain and check that your vision impaired eyes can see the difference?

75. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Well in terms on sensor 99% of OEM uses Sony. So Sony get your f**k up camera fixed coming from a Sony fan.

22. samsboy unregistered

As much as I support Samsung, I want uniformity and proportionality. Why would the same model has different camera sensors and there is nothing to Identify which one has which sensor. I really consider it as cheating as you said.

53. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You are joking right Apple use a range of parts in there phones like ram and who makes there CPU all the time

23. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Lol. Most people getting the Sony sensor. Mine also is Sony, Samsung sensor ain't bad and possible even better, at least Samsung sensor in Note 4 is slightly better.

30. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

acctually its not

36. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

both my S6 Edge and my wife's S6 have Sony sensors. I believe that all the S6 variants have the Sony sensor, as one of the XDA developers mentioned, it could be the kernel that is showing wrong information.

60. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Then why we have many thats use the samung one here? did they all ship the cheap one to Canada?

68. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1- isocell sensors aren't cheap 2- it is not confirmed that there are different sensors on the S6, for now it is showing wrong information until Samsung confirms this story 3- i highly doubt Samsung would treat Canada in such a manner and throw their "cheap" parts there, i don't see that happen. I am not saying yours is for sure equipped with a Sony sensor, might be Isocell, but that doesn't make it cheap.

25. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Yes they should re-review it woth the Sammy sensor one. But don't call it crappy just yet. They stopped cheating a long time ago, have you been living under a rock?

31. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

What a hater! Samsung is putting the sensors randomly in random batches, that clearly means thay are quite confident in both the sensors, .Their are lots of other stuffs in the camera department that a company has other than just putting the sensors adn samsung are quite good at that . No matter what sensor is in S6/S6 Edge , they both take unparalled and great pictures.

48. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

How is ANY of you so sure the Samsung chip is trash ? Im sure if this information was found at a later date you'd all still be saying how amazing the photos are.

59. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sad but true we tested it and more than 75% of the S6 we received use the samsung version and the quality of the picture taken is clearly different..

62. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol wait a second, I thought ifans championed the user experience and specs don't matter as long as the device performed. Now all of a sudden one specification might be different on a competing devuce and you sheep are crying fowl? Sorry but that's hilarious. Lol

64. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

I agree. Especially considering Apple is the king of using different quality components on the same product. Remember the retina macbook pro with Samsung and SHARP panels? The Samsung panels were noticeably superior to SHARP panels.

78. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Apple cultist: you're totally wrong, it's not sharp panel but LG display!! http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/14/are-retina-macbooks-displaying-screen-issues/

58. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

In fact its very bad at our store we tested both version ( we got the 64 gb with samsung one and the 32 gb using the sony one ) The samsung one is much worste the quality is similar to the S5. So watch out ppl!

67. skimshaddy unregistered

I do like to know which sensor is Sony and which is Samsung. But as long they both takes great pictures. Would love if PA find out which one is which and do a compair on both sensors see if any different.

2. AMERICANPATRIOT

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

android = fragmentation from hardware to software

5. andynaija

Posts: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

AmericanPARROT Repeating the same old, same old.

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL... Apple does the same thing with the iphones, ipads, macbooks... Memory chips, hard disks... even the iphone's screen comes in different versions from different manufacturers. That's because a single manufacturer usually can't ship enough components, especially during the first phase of the production, when the request for the device peaks. And also because depending on a single manufacturer is never good (think what could happen if all your displays were built in a single factory in the world and that factory went on fire). As long as components adhere to the specifications, people won't see any difference (or the difference will be negligible).

17. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It's probably too soon to make a joke about diversity given your profile name.

52. vladtdr

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

exactly!

66. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Yes, but Apple is the KING of hardware fragmentation. Apple products with Samsung components = superior to Apple products with Japanese or Taiwanese components. Remember the retina macbook pro with Samsung and SHARP panels? The Samsung panels crapped all over the SHARP panels. That's why Apple is going back to Samsung designed panels, since SHARP sucks and Apple can't engineer their own display because their engineers suck.

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