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 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh
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65 Comments

69. AmirBudi

Posts: 89; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

No ES9018 DAC chip ? I'm completely disappointed.

70. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

the cirrus chip in the 6s is pretty complete dac for phones thus far and the lucky whatever chip is probably a better dac and hopefully samsung engineers presented a clear out with the s7. but the sabre dac will probably need an external amp if your going to use what it was intended for in the first place. not alot of customers for that at the moment

66. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Awesome :)

54. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

INCREDIBLE! Low light camera shoot out: Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6S http://phandroid.com/2016/02/22/samsung-galaxy-s7-vs-s6-vs-iphone-6s-low-light-camera-comparison-video/

49. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Sadly the front camera of the S7 remains unchanged. Not sure if there is any improvements over the S6

62. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Note true it's now 1.7 over 1.9, so you lie

64. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well if you check the model of the Sensor, it's the same as the S6. No change in that

48. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

hahaahaahahaaha i saw the show they were so proud that we did this we did that with the camera i thought they made the camera but now sony is laughing hard right now at samsung

58. phatcow

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Kind of feel like you didn't read the article. Samsung could have help design the sensor and just have sony build it. Apple does the same for samsung and others to build their cores. and sony for camera...

61. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung will have taken as basic design and chaged it, I be thinking it was 24mp to start with, they then got so y to make it on mass, as they got the room to make the needed number, there may even be a made Samsung one incoming like Last year

32. Anonymuse

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

Again samsun fail this year

37. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

One of the many troll accounts. Including adecvat among others. Get a life dude

43. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Lol agree.

31. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

Waiting for DxOMark evaluation. But I wonder how would IMX377 would have worked with the dual-pixel tech.

29. Anonymuse

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

Samsung S7 use sony IMX260 @ 1.4u + PDAF and OIS Htc M10 use sony IMX377 @ 1.55u + PDAF+ Leaser Auto focus combine with OIS

33. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

The S7 with Nokia1020 lens, or 808 with xenon flash. A killer.

60. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I thinker you missed the 1.7 lens part of the s7

26. adecvat

Posts: 676; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Nexus 6P has better imx377 2.3! 1,55um

23. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Kinda marketing terms used here (which are valid). 95% more light in sensor means 25% brighter picture in this case! So S7 with iso 100 is 25% brighter than S6 with same iso.

30. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

No, every stop is a doubling of light. So this is almost a full stop in sensitivity increase for the combination of lens and sensor. Similar to ISO 200 vs ISO 100.

22. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 429; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

i hope the s7 retains the s6's double tap home button to camera function!.

34. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

It does, you can see it in action in some hands-on videos

18. Dracolith

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

It's doubtful that the "Lucky" CS47L91 DAC chip is a homebrew by Samsung; rather it seems like a custom chip by Cirrus Logic (who acquired Wolfson Micro in 2014, BTW). The CS47L91 name follows their naming convention.

68. DareDevil01

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Thank You!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who picked that up.

17. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

it says the sensor is 1/2.5" (S7)... is it mean that it beats the one in the Xperia Z5 1/2.3" sensor which its known to be the the largest one in any camera phone?

21. mythen

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Just small lesson in fractions here: 1/2.3 > 1/2.5

51. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

And more simple information about the sensor if you reduce the megapixel count in Z5 sensor to 12.35MP you'll get 1.55┬Ám pixels size just like the one in Nexus 6P.

16. Supraman21

Posts: 471; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Uhh why does it only say 1080p for video resolution?

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because that si the present camera setting likely by default.

14. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Who cares? See the camera quality,not the manufacturer.

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