Samsung details its 108MP camera sensor specs with a new press release

Samsung just detailed further the 108MP sensor it announced back in august as part of a collaboration with Xiaomi over the Mi Note 10 by issuing a press release touting the wonders of its new "108-megapixel ISOCELL Bright HMX, the industry’s first mobile image sensor to exceed 100 million pixels."

Accompanied by the promo video you can watch above, the sensor writeup mentions it uses the same Tetracell technology that Samsung applied for its 64MP Bright HMX sensors that bin four adjacent 0.8 micron pixels into a virtual 1.6 micron one. 

That's still a far cry from the rumored technique we heard that the Galaxy S11+ will use, namely pixel-binning for a 3x3 neighbouring pixels grid instead of the 2x2 Tetracell tech that Samsung reiterates in the press release. 

Unlike the summer press release that mostly focused on the Xiaomi collab, Samsung spent more time to explain ISOCELL Plus this time around as a technology for physically isolate the individual pixels to prevent crosstalk and interference.

In any case, rumors point to a tailored version of this 108MP Bright HMX sensor to land in the top-shelf Galaxy S11+ at least, so it makes sense to keep some of its wonders under wraps before the announcement. 

What Samsung did share, apart from the improved instant autofocus feature, is the ability to overcome the poor low-light sensitivity of small pixels by binning a few of them into one, and still arriving at high detail and resolution levels:

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1. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 650; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Samsung is really upping their game with this new camera sensor. It will be the King of detail like the Mi Note 10 but hopefully with Samsungs better camera software, algorithm's and all these extra camera's it will be a huge improvement over Xiaomi's. Samsung in the last few years have had solid camera's even without changing the sensor size but now after 3 years Samsung are improving their camera massively and when they do it they are doing it BIG.

2. User123456789

Posts: 1317; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

King of detail? LOL ... Samsung has the strongest noise reduction of all brands. Bad texture of walls, plants, roofs. Look at the photo on a 4K tv and you will be shocked.

4. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 650; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Right now the Xiaomi 108MP sensor is the King of detail not even P30 series or Mate 30 has it beat when it comes to detail.... but in everything else it loses. So with Samsungs superior camera's and their superior software it should be Number 1 for detail.

6. maherk

Posts: 7049; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Try reading first instead of being blinded by your fanboyism towards Sony and biased against Samsung, as it's always the case. The OP said that the 108mp Mi Note 10 is the king of detail, he didn't claim that Samsung phones are kings of detail. Chill man.

7. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 650; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

This guys gets it LOL

5. Abdbaas

Posts: 162; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Agreed with user123456789 And keep in mind that all these years with the same sensors have made it easier for them to improve pictures. It's been years of trials basically. But now, the hardware is also changing and they don't have years of using it so it's gonna be challenging and it's gonna require a lot of software updates based on users feedback

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1127; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I bet that that would make yours the dumpster.

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