Galaxy S6 to use a new 20 MP OIS camera module by Samsung, release date pulled for March


A fairly mundane report in Korea's Economic Times publication about the wellbeing of Samsung's electro-mechanical division is gracing us this morning with the strongest confirmation so far that the Galaxy S6 might indeed ship with a generous 20 MP camera module, which will be accompanied with optical image stabilisation at that.

This nugget of info is buried in the news that Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM) is receiving performance upgrade from Korean analysts for Q1, thanks to its optico-mechanics division, which is responsible for smartphone cameras. It will benefit this quarter, the analysts say, and throughout this year, due to higher-priced camera modules production increase, and, check this, due to the "Galaxy S6 release 2~3 weeks earlier than originally planned." Here's the scoop:

Wait, what? SEM has a 20 MP OIS module in production which will contribute to Q1 growth since the Galaxy S6 release will be pulled a few weeks earlier than originally planned? 

It seems so, and this could mean that the Galaxy S6 will come with said camera unit, and will be released some time in March, soon after the eventual March 2nd announcement

As for the 20 MP module, last time we heard Samsung is working on something like that was a year and change ago, and at the time it was scheduled for release late last year, and going into phones early in 2015, so it all fits. LG Innotek, after all, boasted a 20 MP OIS module of its own, and Samsung wouldn't want to be left behind, it seems.

Also, the source claimed at the time that December 1st 2013 marked the date when Samsung's R&D department commenced a project to develop such sensor from scratch, including the autofocus actuators, and the elaborate lens set. There was no word as to whether this 20 MP unit will also utilize the space-saving ISOCELL tech, though, but it will all be revealed very soon, and we will be at MWC to tell it to you as it happens.

source: ETNews

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