Galaxy S7 has custom camera module with Sony IMX260 sensor, and homebrew audio DAC


If you have wondering what exactly is the sensor in the intriguing new 12 MP camera unit that can be found on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, wonder no more, as it seems to be a custom-made piece by Sony, coded as IMX260, a system info app tells us. The fact that we haven't heard about this model so far only vouches for the tailor-made theory, as Sony often does custom orders for huge clients like Apple or Samsung, and then the phone makers create the optics packaging and image processing on their own for a completely individual experience. 

The IMX260 sensor is 1/2.5" large, and features hearty 1.4 microns, allowing Samsung to boast that it can collect 95% more light than the IMX240 sensor in the Galaxy S6. Moreover, Samsung has embedded a Dual Pixel system in the sensor for incredibly fast focusing times, too, so it's definitely a brand new custom-made unit.

Going further down the component models, as reported by the system info app, we see another custom chip, dubbed Lucky CS47L91 Sound, which indicates a homebrew audio processing unit, as Project Lucky is what Samsung was reported to call the Galaxy S7 internally - seven is a lucky number not only here, it seems. Samsung promised an improved audio experience at the S7 presentation, and this custom DAC may be one of the reasons. Moreover, we recently saw that the speaker to be utilized in the Galaxy S7 is a powerful for a phone 1.5W unit, which adds more water to the superior audio mill.

source: SamMobile

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)

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65 Comments

1. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

I thought Samsung used their own sensor. I guess I am wrong. Anyway Samsung s7 camera so far seems very impressive. A huge upgrade from the camera in S6. Well done Sammy.

20. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Wait what? Camera in S6 isn't responsive? That's a huge news to me

42. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

His username says it all.

63. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

My god the s7 kills all other phones in the darkhttp://youtu.be/kL9JoBqI6IE

65. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Even the S6 kills the iPhail lol and it's older.

46. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I knew it....ImX 260...got it

57. geordie8t1

Posts: 298; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

A huge upgrade over the s6 are you joking? s6/edge/note 5 camera module was 1 of the fastest cameras of last year and it was voted the best camera of the year beating ur Xperia along with LG g4 and Apple along the way, there is no doubt this camera is better but to even suggest there was such a margin between s6 and s7 is a little bit stupid and lack real knowledge

2. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

So no Britecell? or it will be the same story again? Sony sensor for this specific S7 batch then britecell for that specific S7 batch like how ISOCELL and Sony sensor was for S6?

10. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

they should keep something for Note6??

25. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

I doubt Note 6 will use a different camera sensor, Note 5 used the exact camera hardware design of S6. It's in fact the exact overall S6 hardware including the processor, they just increased the screen size, battery and added stylus features. They may do the same for Note 6, but then I may be wrong.

53. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Probably on the S8. And for that video not supporting OiS cheese, its most likely the same thing what the original iP 6+ did, where they mentioned having OIS but it only worked in photos

3. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Video stabilization not supported? What does that mean?

6. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

IKR? What is that?

7. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

it means that it will not stabilize video when recording,which is a fail.

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

It has OIS, lol.

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

lol,..

24. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

There is no OIS in S7

28. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

There is. Check on other sites.

36. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Samsung.com, S7 page, camera: vDIS: electronic image stabilization

52. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Smart OIS is EIS, not OIS. Check first video samples from S7: video has no round shake like phones with OIS.

55. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

What nonsense? It is OIS. Samsung for many years calls this as OIS. It's also called Smart OIS in Note 4, S6, Note 5. Note 4:http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote4/note4_features.html S6:http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxys6/galaxy-s6/ Note 5:http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-note5/camera/

67. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Hahaha! You mean Smart OPTICAL image stabilization=ELECTRONIC image stabilization ;)

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe just error on AIDA side.. since its new model, and their database still didnt properly cover it

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or maybe the phone is just in a non-OIS supported camera mode?

56. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It has OIS, don't worry.

19. barcas

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Just looked at AIDA on my S6 & it says the same & my videos are stabilised so i wouldn't woory

27. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

lack of OIS

44. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

lack of information

4. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

i bet it will easily beat every other flagship in camera comparison

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