Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with new Sony IMX333 and Samsung camera sensors

Remember those rumors sourced from the Chinese tech blogosphere that the Galaxy S8 may come with a new custom Sony camera sensor, tagged as IMX333. At the time, it seemed a bit improbable, given that this sensor is not in Sony's official Exmor lineup of mobile sensors, and that the camera was rumored to be the same as on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Moreover, last year the 12 MP camera that found its way in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge uses two sensor models - either Samsung's own S5K2L1 ISOCELL unit, or a piece by Sony, marked as IMX260.

A quick look at a system info app reveals that Samsung uses two types of sensors - its own and Sony's - this year for the Galaxy S8 as well, but the Sony sensor is listed as... you guessed it... IMX333. The new 8 MP front camera also uses either Sony IMX320, or a Samsung sensor. Sony, as the world's largest phone camera sensor maker, often does custom orders for huge clients like Apple or Samsung, and then the manufacturers tack on optics and image processing of their own, for a completely individualized experience. Thus, the improved low-light and anti-blur abilities that Samsung is touting may be a result of precisely that move, along with some new software algorithms. 

Samsung's own sensor is coded as S5K2L2 this time, so it seemingly is also a different model than the S5K2L1 that is used in the S7. We made a couple of shots with the S8 against some popular phones, and the pictures from the new flagship came out with a tad brighter exposure, and not as warm and yellowish color balance as from the S7, but we can't comment on any difference in quality before we get the retail version for a review still. Last year, there was a slight difference in photos taken with the Sony or the Samsung sensor, so it will be interesting to see if that trend will hold with the new S8 camera sensors as well.

The photo from the S8 looks somewhat lighter than the one from the S7, showing overall better detail (most obvious in the sandbox)

source: @mmdj (Twitter) via SamMobile

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and who keep saying that S8 use same camera sensor with S7 all this time?? eat that haters, lol..

3. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Samsung underplayed the S8 this time. There will be so many cool easter eggs in the S8 !! Can't wait to get one !!

13. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

S8 twins pulled it in all aspects... i even love them more coz of their big screens... i am a phablet guy.. s8+ for me till note 8...this time Sammy did it again even after Note 7 saga....

18. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I think it's an interesting way to launch a device. First,underplay the official introduction and then have tech sites find out individual upgrades giving them a reason to post about your device and hence keep the hype and popularity going. Some tech sites are now reporting that the S8 has stereo speakers in HTC 10 style, waiting for Sammobile or Samsung themselves to confirm this. There's also the news about the new battery tech that lets them hold up for longer. But WOULD have been netter to state all this in the announcement.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I've seen multiple reports about the stereo speakers before and after the announcement.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They only said it because its the same MP count and aperture size. Samsung has never used the exact same parts on a new year device. Only Apple does that.

33. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

lol Apple uses the EXACT SAME design for 2 years in a row and somehow get away with it. Samsung uses different designs ever year and even in some case, multiple designs the same year like when the GS and GS2 had different carrier variants and some idiots here and in the media actually blame Samsung for using the same design. Each iteration looked completely different. lol

31. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

To be fair its mostly Samsung's fault for basically glossing over the camera aspects. They surely didn't frontline it like they usually do and almost 100% of the tech media followed suit saying it was the same sensor from last year with Google style improvements. I'll be the first to admit that i poked fun at Samsung based off their information but if there are indeed imrpovements and upgrades than I'll give credit where it's due.

2. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

A fitting reply to all those crying that Samsung didn't improve upon last years camera sensor !!

4. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Something good, at least in the camera part. Who knows the 1000fps to appear somehow?

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I'm very close to pulling the trigger on this phone, but I think the regular S8 will have average battery life and the S8+ is way too big for me.

8. Instigator

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Looking at the processors, I think they went for efficiency over performance. The Exynos versions may hold up OK, despite the small batteries to screen size ratio. I haven't seen any info on whether the screens are much more efficient than the previous generation.

12. androiduser

Posts: 511; Member since: Jun 18, 2014 Great battery life as i expected

17. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

This time the exynos as well as SD should be very close in terms of battery life.

14. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

The major battery savings will probably come due to the FHD screen option.

15. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Traditionally, that is pretty useless when it comes to battery life. Multiple reports told G3 didn't get any battery boost after changing it's screen resolution. Switch to 1080p will mostly help with smoother animations. Not to mention aliasing due to PenTile will be absolutely gone and it will be almost as sharp.

16. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

Said that based on the battery life of the new A5 and the comparison that I saw somewhere (I think it was phonearena).

32. yogihoy

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

The s7 edge has great battery..and charges ooooo fast... so if s8 plus is same I'm happy

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

This makes me a bit sceptical about what the Note 8 will offer over the S8 Plus. Samsung typically uses the same flagship camera sensor for a year. The gap between S8 Plus and Note 8 seems pretty small. The Note 8 needs more than a screen resolution bump and an S Pen to make sense if the S8 Plus seems to be a very productive phablet.

9. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Afaik, the SPen is the real reason why people are waiting for the Note line rather than having the S line. But I am still hoping for stereo speakers and dual camera set-up with the Note 8

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if the rumored schematic leak were true, note8 will have - similar slim bezels with front-facing stereo speaker - 4k screen (but i think 6.4inch still too big even with slim bezels) - dual camera - new exynos - 256GB storage and 6GB RAM those are great enough.. and S9 didn't need to top that specs, lol.. hope they stay with 2k screen for S9, and single camera (with even bigger pixel size)

11. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The reason why people buy the note, is because of the built in S Pen, tell me what other phone company does that or comes close to what the note series offers?

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It's good to hear that it's using new camera sensors.

19. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Only IMX 333? lol. Sony XZ Premium IMX 400 is Best in the World. Sony this year Win camera.

20. epic_ninja420

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

No they wont. Sony never wins with their own mobile camera because their post processing is garbage.

21. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Not this time, I already see sample and its beyond what XZ can do

23. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

You're wrong, Samsung will kill them in sales and camera performance, AGAIN!

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's not saying much!

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

epic_ninja thats because average user have no clue what to do. i tested every Sony phone since the Z1 and its beat all the same year ( and sometime next year ) flagship if you use third party camera app like Camera FV-5. Its stock app suck i have to admin but hardware wise its the best for the camera hardware.

27. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Good good. it's like an IMX 400 but a tad smaller sensor and bigger pixels. Cool!

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