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Samsung Galaxy S III torn down, has same camera sensor as Apple iPhone 4S

Samsung Galaxy S III torn down, has same camera sensor as Apple iPhone 4S
The latest smartphone to subject itself to a teardown is the Samsung Galaxy S III. The specific model is the GT-i9300, also known as the international version of the phone. You can tell that it is not the model headed to North America by spotting the Exynos 4412 1.4GHz quad-core processor. As we've already mentioned, the 4412 is produced using the same process used to make the Apple A5 rev 2, APL2498. The latter is also manufactured by Samsung. Storage and other forms of memory are handled by the Samsung KMVTU000LM, a multi-chip Samsung MOVI N and memory module.

Inside the Samsung Galaxy S III you will find the Intel Wireless PMB9811X Gold Baseband that was also used in the Samsung Galaxy S II. Wi-Fi is handled by the Broadcom BMC 4330 and GPS belongs to the Broadcom BCM47511 Monolithic GNSS receiver. The NXP PN544 NFC Chip is on board for NFC support, obviously. SkyWorks is represented with the SKY77604 Multi-Mode / Multi-Band Power Amplifier.

Inside the GT-i9300, the quad-core 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412

Inside the GT-i9300, the quad-core 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412

Some parts are labeled to reveal their role in the infrastructure of the phone, such as the Melfas 8PL533 Touch Screen Controller, the Wolfson WM1811AE Audio Codec and the Maxim Max77686 Power Management IC. Other parts inside the Samsung Galaxy S III include the Maxim Max 77693, which is a  device that handles a multitude of chores such as PMIC, MUIC, and the flash LED control. You will also find inside the handset the Audience 305B voice processor, the Silicon Image 9224BO RF Transmitter and the STMicroelectronics  STD03 AMOLED Display Driver.

One thing we left out until now is the Sony 8 Mp 1.4 µm back-illuminated primary (rear facing) image sensor.The reason why we saved that for last is because you will also find the same exact sensor in the Apple iPhone 4S. Finally, Android and Apple fans have a way to compare Apples to, uh, Apples if only just with the camera. No sense in trying to discern from users which camera takes the best pictures because everyone will vote along party lines.

source: Chipworks, iFixit via Pocketlint

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posted on 01 Jun 2012, 19:59 3

1. jsoliz1985 (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Most likely the GS3 will appear to take better pictures due to the colors the SuperAMOLED display produces.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:25 9

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You are just kidding, right? :)

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:39 6

7. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


you think super amoled hd plus has good color. hahahahaha. their bright colors are super cold man you know

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 13:17

42. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


it doesnt have a super amoled plus hd display

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 22:12 6

17. jove39 (Posts: 1967; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...I just laughed after reading this...who else did?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 13:18

43. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


You are either brain dead or very uneducated

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:02 24

2. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Same sensor but with RayS Iphone4s is always the best camera phone!

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 02:01 8

27. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Did I say anything wrong? Look at this article
http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Camera-compariso n-Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-vs-the-fierce-competition_i d3050
GS3 has the highest rank in 5/6 tests but finally he concluded that
"The iPhone 4S and Xperia S often take the most impressive, pleasing shots"

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 12:00 1

35. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


You didn't say anything wrong, people just read it wrong. The reason why the iPhone 4S takes better pictures "on an opinionated level" is because android is different from IOS. The software tweaking won't be identical so what ever apple did to make there photos turn out better "by Ray S.'s standards" is not the same thing what Samsung did. But still it takes great photos. lol

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:07

46. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


Not same sensor!

It is a new sensor that has not had any information released yet.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 12:42

53. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


you do realize Sony makes iPhone camera's right? Probably not

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:20 9

3. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Voting along party lines won't work in a double blind test.

You will be surprise how many android people on this site stopped saying Apple doesn't share technology when they were educated on Android's use Apple's Webkit technology for web surfing. While the code was in the public domain, what Apple did with the code is considered IP and can be copyrighted. However, Apple didn't want MicroSoft to dominate the mobile browser space so now, Apple's free Webkit is the main engine for mobile browsing.

There are a lot of objective android users on this site who can separate fact from fiction. The same can be said about apple users.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:25

4. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I like it when people ae objective.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 21:14 2

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


actually the taken code has a copylef licence, witch means any new IP becomes open sourced under the same license. Also apple left it for a purpose witch you also said.

another point I want to say that webkit is not necessary the main engine as companies like Google have tossed on their on IP to improve the web kit so the story you say is half true

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:33 3

6. saeen (Posts: 20; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


What does a display had to do with producing a better overall picture quality?

It might look good on phone itself.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:46 7

8. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)


If you are looking for the best phone camera, go to Nokia..
N8 is two year old and has the best camera yet. What about the imaginary pureview?
Simply, It is the result of Carl Ziess and Nokia cooperation.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 07:37 2

30. tahnik (Posts: 189; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Xperia S has already beaten the n8....Check if you want....

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:25 2

45. ripitup (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


I have a nokia n8 and my sister has the xperia s,
The nokia n8 takes the better picture without a doubt.
It also has a xenon flash for better photos in darkness and a better shutter key!

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 03:40

49. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


you are blind, boy
iny sensor, a lot of overprocessing to keep noise level low....you must be truly blind

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 06:43

50. tahnik (Posts: 189; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BpMQ9DraHY

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 14:15

55. ripitup (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


One flaw with that video is the macro mode shots on the n8 are far better than what the sample shot suggest,

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 10:46

51. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I have an Xperia S. While the photos are great and all the N8 beats it hands down.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:47 9

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Hmm what will the fandroids say? They won't like this...

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:53 9

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And what exactly they should don't like?

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 21:18 11

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


pff that just means we dont have a "lesser quality" camera sensor according to your fanboy standard

if you had any shame left you shouldn't even post in this site, but I guess you don't do

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 21:22 3

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Do explain please?

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 21:39 5

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


why bother?

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 22:37 4

20. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


Same sensor, better ISP = better picture. Oh, and this sensor is also used in Xperia phones.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 12:03 1

37. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I'll bother! No one likes you and you have an extremely biased standpoint on mobile devices!!!! All OS's have pros and cons and a sane person would understand that. IOS is not better then android they are on par with each other and you should understand that....But then again you are a brain washed apple turd who loves anything related to apple.Do the iPhone fans like that????

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 22:32 3

19. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


HTC amaze has a backlit sensor, and the new One series has an even bigger aperture than any camera save perhaps the 41MP one from Nokia.

Means squat. The sensor may be the same but the optics can be different, as well as the image processor used. So it can't be an apples to apples comparison.

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