Samsung once again unveils an industry first with its new mobile image sensor

Samsung once again unveils an industry first with its new mobile image sensor
Samsung announced today a new 43.7MP mobile image sensor (7968×5480), the ISOCELL Slim GH1. Using what the company calls ISOCELL Plus technology, the sensor is the first to work with  0.7μm pixels. This is the smallest pixel size in the industry and continues Samsung's innovative ways in this space; the manufacturer was the first to produce a 1.0μm-pixel image sensor back in 2015. In 2017 and 2018 Samsung introduced image sensors with pixel sizes of 0.9µm and 0.8µm, respectively. With the smaller size of this image sensor, phone manufacturers will be able to continue shrinking bezel sizes and increasing the screen-to-body ratio of their phones.

The aforementioned ISOCELL Plus technology allows Samsung's new sensor to produce such small-sized pixels and still gather enough light information to, in the manufacturer's own words, "produce bright and vivid photographs. Under low light conditions, the sensor employs Tetracell technology to merge the pixels, create a 10.9MP image, and increase light sensitivity to a level found on 1.4μm-pixel image sensors. When it comes to video, the ISOCELL Slim GH1 can produce 4K video (3,840×2,160) at 60fps.


Back in May, Samsung unveiled the 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor with a pixel size of 0.8µm. Last month, it announced a 108MP image sensor, the first made for mobile devices with a triple-digit megapixel count. That sensor also featured a pixel size of 0.8µm.


The GW1 sensor supports electronic image stabilization (EIS) and phase detection auto-focus technology. Samsung expects to be churning out the image sensor before 2019 comes to an end.

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1. MsPooks

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Coming first to the next Oppo!

5. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Yup. They need to test it before they employ sensors on their flagships. They sell it to competition and then use the sensor in their entry level phones (A or M series) and then to flagships . I think we're years away from seeing this sensor on their flagship and I really hate that too.

6. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

High end sensors are never tested in entry level phones. If a sensor is ready we should assume they did they tested it and it’s ready to be employed in a phone. It’s just Samsung is too stupid that they provide better tech to these Chinese brands to make and keep android impact in Asian countries. The 90hz display made by Samsung in one plus 7 is an example

7. Alcyone

Posts: 487; Member since: May 10, 2018

Partially agree. It will most likely go into the S first. But, if not, I'd suspect the A series. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the A series debut UFS first? May have been optical, not ultrasonic, but still it was before the S. So, I'd not be too surprised if it may hit the higher end of the A series first. If it does (most likely won't) turn into a dud, it could be pulled off of the S series. Just my 2 cents.

9. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

So, the 90hz display on oneplus is made by Samsung but if you look at displaymate reviews, Note 10 display is better than oneplus display. So, may be they can't produce better display at higher refresh rate yet ?

15. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

What’s worse is one plus has exclusive rights on Samsung’s 90hz display so they can’t use it in their own phone and can’t sell it to others

11. oldskool50 unregistered

Do you have a link that confirms the display in the One Plus 7 was made by Samsung? Because I've not seen/heard that anywhere.

22. oldskool50 unregistered

Thank you. I honestly had not heard of that, so nice to know. But Sammy needs to prioritize it's own products. Am sure it's a hefty cost, considering Samsung didnt even use it on the Note. Unless its quality if slightly blow what would be expected for a $1000 phone. But it makes the next version the one we get.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7443; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Years ago when EIS came to smartphones. It was handled by the SoC. Now camera chips come with dma, ram, and processors on board to handle the image processing. Some even do 960 fps slow motion video capture on board the camera chip. I also heard that in the future, HDR will be processed on the camera chip as well.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7443; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not to mention Samsung is releasing a 108 mp sensor soon with HMX support. Or lossless 6k video recording at 30 fps, which is designed for movie recordings.

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

ISOCELL is simply Samsung's knockoff of CMOS tech, CMOS existed long before ISOCELL. I'm not knocking Samsung, they're doing an awesome job, I'm just keeping the SDF in check with facts.

4. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Correction. ISOCELL is a brand name of CMOS sensors. it's not a knockoff. They just call their CMOS sensors as ISOCELL as they are an extension of CMOS sensors. This is similar to how Sony calls their CMOS sensors as IMX.

12. oldskool50 unregistered

We have a hater. Too bad your info is completely wrong. Typical of a hater. Never had the right information.

20. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

My info is totally correct, CMOS was long before, Samsung just took some else’s idea/work. Nothing wrong with that, but don’t give Samsung credit where it’s not due.

23. oldskool50 unregistered

No one, has ever claim the sensor Samsung makes is some original component. What it is, is Samsung license the tech so they can make their own and using others work as a foundation. So what. Who doesn't do that? What is an A13? It's an ARM processors. Yea Apple does design their own custom chip, but the foundation is still someone else's work and they claim it as their own. Because it is their own version and they do own their version. No different than anyone else. What is your problem with Samsung does the same thing? Stop it dude. The only fact that you provided is that you are more than just a troll. That you are willing to nitpicking Samsung for things everyone does? You reaching!!!!

24. oldskool50 unregistered

Since the Galaxy S5 which also uses Samsung sensors, Samsungs cameras have been equal or better than Sony. Several Samsung Galaxy devices when the photo taken with Sony's sensor and then Samsungs, showed almost no difference. On the S7 Samsung used both their own and Sony's and videos show that Samsungs was just as good and in many ways better. For one, it allowed for even better lighting for night shots. Enjoy tech bruh. Everyone pitching in means we get more cool stuff. Regardless of brand.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Monitoring the SDF from do inside the RDF.

3. torr310

Posts: 1674; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Samsung had the good sensor on their discontinued (mirroless) camera business, so I am looking forward how this will perform.

8. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

I like how how samsung is competing aggressively with Sony in the Sensor Field.

10. oldskool50 unregistered

Samsung is the true innovators. Queue the haters club in 3.2.1....

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Note 10 is innovation.

16. saif2711

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Samsung's 64 MP camera was first launched by Realme (BBK group) followed by Xiaomi,then we have Samsung made 108 MP camera being launched by Xiaomi...why the hell sammy is so out of ideas in putting these sensors in its own kitty??They can easily fit the sensors in their own A and M series so that they do well in terms of sales.

17. shawman

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Most of the expert review of these large MP sensors take poor photos at full resolution. Plus will it support critical features like OIS and support dual focus optics. 
That said based on ice universe who has been quite on the point, S11 is going to have a major camera upgrade. I am hoping for a large sensor( at least 1/2” size) and 3x optical zoom. Plus hopefully bigger battery(graphene will be great).

21. Baldwyn

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 17, 2019

It won't become real until, in about 5 years later, Apple uses a similar camera and "invents" it.

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