Samsung developing 13 megapixel camera sensor for smartphones and tablets

Samsung developing 13 megapixel camera sensor for smartphones and tablets
While Samsung's latest and greatest smartphones, namely the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, come with 8-megapixel cameras, the company is already hard at work developing the next generation of camera sensors for its future devices. One of them is the CMOS-based S5K3L2 BSI camera sensor with 13 megapixels and maximum resolution of 4208 by 3120 pixels, which is now listed as under development on Samsung's web site. It has a 1/3-inch physical size and can capture up to 30 frames per second.   

At this time, there is no word as to when this 13-megapixel camera sensor might become ready for mass production, let alone being used in a Samsung smartphone or tablet. It will also take a while before we are treated to any photo samples taken with it, given that the sensor is still being developed. On the bright side of things, Samsung has a 12-megapixel camera sensor - the S5K3L1, which is already being produced in volume, so it might end up in a smartphone near you sooner than later.

source: Samsung via IntoMobile



1. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

yeah, about time. competition's heating up with the Optimus G and the lumias! hey, I like sammy - owned s, s2 and the nexus, but....ain't that the truth?

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

seeing Samsung's release cycles and sales, I think they wouldn't release anything that will overpower the S3 for now especially if it ain't polished. Samsung Galaxy S IV it is, 13MP and an ARM15 processor, possibly a 1080p Super AMOLED screen too.but that's next year.

7. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

if I would make the SGS4 spec sheet it would comprise of, Exynos 5 dual core A15 processor, 13MP camera, 3GB of RAM, maybe a 5-inch 1080p S-AMOLED HD+, ultra fast transfer rate for microSD card, 4G LTE and NFC, wireless charging. Bonus, SHUTTER F*CKING KEY! and the super cool haptic technology developed by tactus, the tactile haptic feedback! I'll also find a way to make it a dual-sim phone so it would sell like hotcakes! :)))

8. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

im not sure about the 13 MP cam and the 3 Gb RAMS , since they just started with the its development now will take them at least a year to start production in big volume ,, so i would replace the 13MP with the last year research "12MP" mention in the article above . and for the ram thing ... like 7 months back ..or more samsung started production a DDR3 mobile RAMs so i guess it might be 2 GB DDR3 instead of the current DDR2 rams as for resolution .... they said that they figured out how to make a 350+ ppi 5" screen not sure how much that would be well that all i can modify from my side of view

2. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

ithink 13mp for next Galaxy S in 2013 ................

3. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

The standard really should be 12 to 13MP by now!

5. No_Nonsense unregistered

13MP for a tablet?

6. BreakingNews

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Anyone who puts a 13MP camera in a tablet would be foolishly ignoring the fact that nobody really gives a toss about a 13MP camera in a tablet.

11. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Anyone who foolishly doesn't put a higher MP camera in their tablet is ignoring the fact that people actually DO give a toss about the camera on their tablet. Maybe YOU don't, but many people do. I take way more pictures with my iPad than my Galaxy Note. It's just more enjoyable when fooling around at home. And camera costs are nominal compared to many other components.

9. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Bring back the mighty Pixon already.

10. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

this is not new samsung

12. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

If it's gonna be like the 12MP Sony camera or 13MP LG camera or 16MP HTC camera, NO THANK YOU. Those are terrible.

13. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I want a nice photo not the more megapixel, i want the picture quality like nokia 920 or a t least like an iphone.

14. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

dude you can buy 920 instead of complaining

15. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

pure view technology of is miles ahead any 13MP sensor

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