The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could feature a 64MP rear camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could feature a 64MP rear camera
Soon, the 48MP camera on the back of your handset won't be the highest resolution snapper found on a smartphone. This morning, Samsung unveiled a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor with a pixel size of 0.8μm, the smallest available in the market right now. In addition, Samsung has also introduced a 48MP version, the ISOCELL Bright GM2. This too carries a pixel size of 0.8μm giving Samsung a range of sensors from 20MP to 64MP in its 0.8μm lineup. The Samsung ISOCELL technology was first introduced by Samsung back in 2013. The company unveiled a 1.0μm-pixel image sensor in 2015 and a 0.9μm-pixel sensor in 2017. The smaller pixel sizes allow manufacturers to build smaller camera modules or squeeze more pixels into current designs, allowing users to experience high-quality photography.

According to the manufacturer, using the 64MP sensor will result in "highly-detailed" images in bright settings. By merging four pixels into one, the sensor can also produce 16MP images when used in low-light conditions. The GW1 sensor supports a real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) compared to the 60-decibels found on a conventional sensor and 120 decibels for the human eye. The advantage is that images can be processed with "richer hues." The sensor also includes "Super PD" which is a high-performance phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) technology. As far as video is concerned, the GW1 sensor can record in 1080p (FHD) at 480fps. Samsung says this allows its component to support "smooth cinematic slow-motion videos."

UPDATE: Tipster IceUniverse (@universeIce) tweets this afternoon that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will NOT have a 64MP

Either sensor could be used for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10


Both the 64MP GW1 and 48MP GM2 are being sampled and will go into mass production in the second half of the year, which means that either one might be found on the back of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. We could see the latest in the Galaxy Note series launch in August with four separate models. There could be two units that support LTE connectivity carrying screens measuring 6.28-inch and 6.75-inch, and two 5G models with similar screen sizes.

Samsung introduces new 64MP and 48MP imaging sensors

Samsung introduces new 64MP and 48MP imaging sensors


Currently, Samsung's latest flagship models feature a triple camera setup with a 12MP sensor, another 12MP sensor with a 2x optical zoom, and a 16MP sensor with Ultra-wide capabilities. The Galaxy S10 5G adds a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor that uses infrared light. The light is timed as it bounces off a subject and returns to the phone. This data is used to create more accurate depth calculations for the bokeh effect and AR applications.

We should point out that the 48MP GM2 is the sequel to Samsung's first 48MP sensor, the GM1, which was introduced last October. That sensor is used on the Samsung Galaxy A80 mid-ranger, a slider that sports a rotating triple camera setup.

With today's announcement, we could see Samsung challenge Sony in this segment of the smartphone market, where it has dominated for some time. The company already provides a number of components for smartphone manufacturers ranging from displays to memory chips and more. As a result, Samsung could benefit from bundling its new image processors together with its other parts in order to provide these components at a lower price.

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29 Comments

1. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Amazing! If this is true then it is Day 1 purchase!

18. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

For sure. Samsung will make huawei and apple cameras look like kid's toys.

21. oldskool50

Posts: 711; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

They already do on many levels.

28. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Wonder how many will file a class action lawsuit over trypophobia with the new iPhone 11 design lol

29. QuantumRazer

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

lol you wish. Samsung will never use a sensor without dual pixel autofocus feature for their own smartphones.

32. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Wishful thinking right?

2. OneLove123

Posts: 841; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Fake!!!

3. shafayatsohail

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

1/2" 20/24MP sensors with large pixels (1.2micron) are better than 1/2" 48MP or 1/1.7" 64MP sensors. you better bring this 1/1.7" sensor with a 20/24MP resolution and no tetracell binning.

19. mahalo15

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 30, 2018

By merging four pixels into one, the sensor can also produce 16MP images when used in low-light conditions. Thats what Huawei been doing with their camera modules

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

These sensors will almost always use 2x2 pixel binned 1.6um pixels for 12-16MP photos 20/24MP sensor with 1.2um pixels are unlikely to achieve better results However native 12-16MP sensors with native 1.6+um pixels would be better That's what I'm hoping Google/Apple/Samsung use thier flagships

33. shafayatsohail

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

"However native 12-16MP sensors with native 1.6+um pixels would be better" that's what I want to say. I have nothing to do with a blurry, grainy 64/48 MP image. I think it's time to bring 3:2 sensors and a 1/2" 6000X4000 = 24MP is an easy assumption and would be a great upgrade over 1/2.3" 4:3 20 MP sensor. as I'mused to with my Lumia 950's 20MP camera, 12MP images seem tiny to me.

30. QuantumRazer

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Well, this sensor has an effective pixel pitch of 1.6µm which is already substantially larger than a 1.2µm. Tetracell/Quad Bayer structure also bring many advantages including Live HDR, video HDR and high resolution mode in daylight etc.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I wonder why we can't have great cameras on budget smartphones? I mean, do we really have to drop a grand or more; just to have a good camera phone? Now I'm aware it's an old business strategy to divert a consumer's attention towards the bigger, better, faster models but... What if the said consumer can't afford it? To have the best camera, we must also purchase the best processor, the fastest RAM, the fastest flash memory and the brightest; most vibrant display out there. It's like buying the whole bloody chicken, just for an egg! Ridiculous... Oh well, G'Day!

6. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 102; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Here's the new pixels for you

27. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Pixel has a crappy mic, you can't shoot a decent video on it. You can't even use most of the external mics due to Android limitations.

8. User123456789

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Because budget phones do not bring high profits to them. Midranges are only useful to keep marketshare. All companies like Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Huawei sell much more sub-$380 devices than flagships. This is why Apple will never make a phone to compete against devices like Moto G7+, Xperia 10+, Samsung A70 etc ...

9. pogba

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

i feel you

7. User123456789

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

No it is not going to. It does not have Dual Pixel ( cant be added after sensor is done) .. It is not stacked sensor either. This is for selling to chineses companies and probably highest A series devices. Samsung did not want to use their isocell 1/2" 48MP for S, same reason they wont use this one. I

10. ManolitoMantoya

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 05, 2016

DJ Koh, Please resign! You company has broken your own secrets to your competitors . This will cause your competitors to compete for something better than you later on before Note 10!

11. raykingellis

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

These will never be featured in a Note or S phone. Period. If they had the prior technology last year and didn't include it in the S10, S10 5G, or even the Galaxy Fold, but did include it in their mid range phone, what makes you think they're going to include it in any variant of the Note10. Unless Apple increases their megapixel count, Samsung won't bother. They save it for their mid range devices to be able to compete with their competition in foreign markets.

13. Cat97

Posts: 1764; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Pixel size is all that matters. More pixels means more gaps between pixels and thus more wasted sensor area which could otherwise be used to receive more light. Such high megapixel counts are only used as marketing gimmicks, to fool customers. Look at the existing 48MP sensor: mediocre compared to the 1.4um 12MP sensors.

31. QuantumRazer

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Given the quality optics and right processing, 48MP sensors, when used in pixel binning mode, can comfortably outperform 12MP sensors used on current flagship smartphones due to the massive difference in sensor size. Honor View 20's low light performance is roughly on par with Galaxy S10 - even though the latter has a wider aperture and OIS to extend shutter speed - this is just how physics work.

15. iloveapps

Posts: 521; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Didn’t MP war on cameras over before when apple having the same mp and yet producing better pictures than most android phones? Its the software and chip inside that processes should be the main focus.

25. shm224

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

> Didn’t MP war on cameras over before when apple having the same mp and yet producing better pictures than most mid-range android phones? fixed that for ya. There is only one iPhone (#7) in DXOMark's top 10 smartphone camera list; everything else is Android.

16. Zylam

Posts: 1807; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Sorry, prefer Sony sensors and Qualcomm chips. Thanks.

26. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Yeah, sadly. Damn, I would love to have Sony sensor, Zeiss lenses and Snapdragon DSP :)

17. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

In coming days, manufacturers will bring 20GigaPixel cameras with 0.001micro meter pixel sizes. On mega pixel binning, it will bring 20MPx image with 1.02 micrometer pixel size. It's just the Same sh!t like today, but with better marketing power for manufacturers, saying GIGA-Pixel camera...!

24. shawman

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I think iceuniverse has confirmed this wont be in Note 10. Most likely next A85 or something like that. Plus these kind sensors make it tough to add OIS and that is more critical. I hope galaxy s10 still gets an updated sensor that is 1/2" at minimum and continue to work on improving the software.Already I am pleased with photos on my s10. Only better night mode is required.

34. ando125

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 06, 2017

How about focus on low-light photography for the Galaxy S11 instead?

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