Samsung confirms a 16 MP ISOCELL camera sensor is on tap for future flagships

Samsung confirms a 16 MP ISOCELL camera sensor is on tap for future flagships

Korean media was reporting yesterday that Samsung has ordered more than 180 million 16 MP sensors for its flagship handsets next year, and thanks to the analyst event yesterday we can chalk this one up to the semi-confirmed rumors.

One of Samsung's presentation slides had a new 16 MP ISOCELL sensor listed that we didn't previously know about. When it announced the ISOCELL tech with superior low-light abilities, Samsung only mentioned an 8 MP unit is in the works, but the influx of 13 MP and even 20 MP or 40 MP phones, has apparently upped the resolution ante for it. 

Unfortunately, the sensor will still be with a typical mobile phone size, judging from the listed 1.12 micron pixels, so we wouldn't expect the utmost quality from it, not to mention there wasn't anything about an OIS module around it, but the slide was about the sensor tech, not the whole camera module, so here's to hoping.

source: Samsung via G4Games

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40 Comments

1. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

great good work but have to see , wether it will be better than Sony's Exmor S found on all major Brand Flagships(including Galaxy s4)

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2326; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

When it comes to hardware, Samsung is excellent at delivering with their flagships. But they need to start taking their camera more seriously now. For most of the year, the S4 had the best quality camera. But it suffered with low-light quality. They also gimped out on the fabled OIS with the Note 3. The S5 should provide more than enough sampling time for them to get their suppliers up to snuff with their demand. -__-

5. yudi.nemesis unregistered

“For most of the year, the S4 had the best quality camera.” You must be living in a samsung fantasy world. When it comes to camera Nokia 808 is the undisputed champion since 2012.

8. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think he is talking about phones people own.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

That actually hurt! And I'm not a Nokia fanboy

19. deewinc

Posts: 454; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

You have just cracked my ribs =D

31. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You should go see a doctor for that

10. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

...pureview 808 was not flagship phone and it was just bulky ugly digital camera with phone... (same to S4 zoom)

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I see your username has proto on it... You shall see my lawyer within the coming weeks

20. deewinc

Posts: 454; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Oooh my..patent wars?

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Pretty much, its making money nowadays

30. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Lol.. 808 Pureview is a Nokia flagship phone for symbian OS. 808 maybe not the most compact phone but it look and feel so much better than S4 Zoom.

18. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I think he is talking about amongst 2013 flagships, not one trick pony old bricks running a dated OS with barely any support. ;)

33. yudi.nemesis unregistered

As usual samsung fanboy always talking about BS. This article is talking about camera and your beloved friend say “S4 had the best quality camera”. What your friend said is a big lie or a delusion. And if you also think that S4 had the best camera amongst 2013 flagships, that means you're also live in a samsung fantasy world.

36. Beijendorf unregistered

While the Nokia 808 PureView was the best camera phone, it never reached a global release. It was a niche phone for a small test-market ahead of their 1020 release.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Leave the cutting edge hardware to Samsung.............and the software to Google :) The big thing is on the horizon guys !

37. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

The truth is that TouchWiz is the best thing that happen to Android. No matter how hard you and the iboys try to mislead the ppl,

39. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I am an android fan and i think TouchWiz is one of the worst (trailing only sense 4) things to happen to android. SO MUCH BLOAT, its everywhere, bogging down resources. And then we get into Samsung proprietary apps....which do the same thing as google apps (which are better)...so why? more bloat? Only great thing sammy did was simultaneous apps (even though there were floating apps out first, sammy just did a better job with execution).

40. ph00ny

Posts: 1986; Member since: May 26, 2011

So much bloat would be an issue without proper hardware (ie. good ol winmo phones). With the current hardwares, it doesn't seem like an issue at all. Havent had a single instance where i thought my note 3 needed less bloat and more hardware (This doesn't include at&t bs apps that are added to TW)

4. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I have faith in HTC next year, they should learn the mistakes they did this year

7. ph00ny

Posts: 1986; Member since: May 26, 2011

HTC can't compete on the same level as Samsung, Sony, and LG outside of design because they buy components from others whereas these guys build their own to fit their needs

21. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Also HTC has poor quality control. I know that a lot of peoples HTC ones have had electrical and physical defects.

38. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

"I have faith in HTC next year,..." You have fait in dead body????

6. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

next galaxy specs: 16mp ois, 2K display, 4 gb ram , 64 bit gpu , 3500 mah battery, improved audio quality. hope good design and quality

9. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

and Kitkat

28. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

didnt need to mention that

11. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

2K display...why? for better battery drain?

26. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

I dont know why but they always increase display res. year by year. I am not fan of this they should focus on battery , 1080p is fine

15. Boybawang

Posts: 204; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

2k display? I don'

22. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

-Cough- 1080p is 2k in aspect ratio 16:9-cough- 1440p is the next step in phone resolution.

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