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.

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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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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57 Comments

1. jsoliz1985

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

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

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You are just kidding, right? :)

7. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

42. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

it doesnt have a super amoled plus hd display

17. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

43. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

You are either brain dead or very uneducated

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

27. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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"

35. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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

46. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

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

53. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

3. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

4. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I like it when people ae objective.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

6. saeen

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

What does a display had to do with producing a better overall picture quality? It might look good on phone itself.

8. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 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.

30. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

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

45. ripitup

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 02, 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!

49. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

50. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

55. ripitup

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

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

51. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And what exactly they should don't like?

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Do explain please?

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

why bother?

20. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

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

37. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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????

19. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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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