The Samsung Galaxy A8 might pack a slimmed-down 16MP ISOCELL camera sensor

The Samsung Galaxy A8 might pack a slimmed-down 16MP ISOCELL camera sensor
What's a Samsung Galaxy A8? Well, it's just the latest Galaxy A-series smartphone that's yet to be announced by our friends from South Korea (you probably didn't need help to figure this out on your own). This is shaping to be a remarkable phone for Samsung, for it is the company's thinnest handset to date at a svelte 0.23in (5.9mm).

We've had the privilege of witnessing it in near final form, starring in an elaborate hands-on video that someone snuck past the warden's nose. And today, we get to learn some juicy new details too! Word on the street is that the Galaxy A8 will feature the full 16MP rear cam goodness that the Galaxy S6 & s6 edge flagships are treated to. But this time, it's not the heat-of-the-moment Sony IMX240 cam sensor in action, but rather an ISOCELL LSI3P3 chip of Samsung's own creation.

Even more interesting is Samsung's engineering accomplishment in fitting the cam sensor inside the thinnest smartphone shell of its own making. Apparently, they managed to bring the overall thickness of the module to 0.20in (5mm), which is certainly impressive! To bring up an example, the Sony IMX240, which is the 16MP main camera sensor used in the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge, measures 0.27in (6.8mm) in thickness, making for a ~26% size difference.

In addition, the Galaxy A8 packs a 5.7-inch 1080p Super-AMOLED screen (386ppi pixel density), a potent octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB RAM, 16GB of storage space, a 5MP front cam, LTE connectivity, and a spacious 3050mAh battery. Allegedly, the smartphone will run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, topped off with a newer TouchWiz version.

All in all, the Galaxy A8 sounds like a well thought-out smartphone. Do us a favor, Samsung, and don't keep it under wraps unnecessarily long!

The Samsung Galaxy A8 might pack a slimmed-down 16MP ISOCELL camera sensor

source: SamMobile

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24 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Interesting...

7. Simona unregistered

Yes A series are nicer than other galaxy

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

yup. They should ditch others Except J and A series. E series also suck.

15. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Interesting but image quality is what matters the most and i don't expect it to be better with smaller sensor, especially in low light. (alleged photos of the A8 show side buttons in a very awkward position to press and the back looks like an SIII)

26. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

It won't be better, but it will be fine for such a thin device.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I wonder if the Note 5 will mostly use a Samsung sensors The S6 Samsung sensors seemed to be better than the Sony IMX240 Also smaller pixels are fine, IF the aperture of the lens is wide enough e.g. G4 is f/1.8, S6 is f/1.9, and Note 4 is f/2.0, which why they take better low light photos than the iPhone 6+ (f/2.2) even with smaller pixels

16. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Maybe. They could make profits within the group. The Aperture would be f/1.9 or wider. They are not going to downgrade right?

19. kujta88

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

I dont agree that samsung sensor is better than sony imx240 on s6. I have to S6 in my family with diferent sensors but for me the one with sony sensor is little better.

25. waddup121 unregistered

okay cool

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Thank you Samsung, reward us with a higher res and lower pixel size :) lowlight does not matter

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep perfomance and FPS of games will be great

14. Shocky unregistered

Nope, Adreno 405 is pretty slow. Two generations behind current flagships in terms of performance.

20. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Oh yea I thought they gonna use SD 808 lol

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its not that simple E.g. the S6/G4 have lower pixel size than the iPhone 6+ But the S6/G4 almost always take brighter photos than the iPhone 6+ Especially in low light where S6/G4 are usually clearly ahead That's because the S6/G4 have wider aperture lens which allows more light though So as long as the put a wide aperture lens it will take great low light shots

13. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I don't get the pixel size part can you explain iPhone got 1.5um most phones 1.12um this one 1.0um So it's either 1.12>1.5>1.0 with makes iPhone pixels smaller Or 1.0>1.5>1.12 with makes this phones pixel bigger. So what's the order?

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

In terms of size Small < Larger 1.0 < 1.12 < 1.5 um or ┬Ám is for micrometer or micron

24. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Oh now i get it i think that iPhone got a 1.05 well still 1.0 difference with 1.12 and 1.5 Is still very insignificant still a 16mp camera out could out perform iPhones in pixels well in theory 16mp X 1.0um Vs 8mp X 1.5um well i don't know what that even mean but it's almost the same thing Lumia 1020 do use 38 mp photos to make 5mp images with perfect pixels but it's only if the program support this with i doubt.

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well for this phone 16gig storage is deal breaker i can't imagine having a phone with only 9gigs there should be SD option or 32gigs.

17. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

SD option would be availabe. All A,J and E series smartphones have the SD option

18. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah it's really necessary for mid range and low.

5. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

In the end it will come down to the performance of the module, because the sensor has shrunk in size too. So the question is whether this has impacted image quality in a visible way and whether the lens module is as sharp, especially in corners.

11. MTT84

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

What is the sensor size though?

23. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The S6 has 1.12um and 1/2.6", this has something between that and 1/3" i presume.

21. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hrm all fine and good to shrink it, but if it gives worse images then before because it is smaller now, then please don't :(

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