Why does the Samsung GALAXY Note II have an 8MP camera and the LG Optimus G sports a 13MP shooter?

Why does the Samsung GALAXY Note II have an 8MP camera and the LG Optimus G sports a 13MP shooter?
The Samsung GALAXY Note II, which is expected to launch next quarter, has an 8MP camera on its back. The LG Optimus G will offer a 13MP shooter. Considering that speculation called for Samsung's model to also carry a 13MP camera on its back, what happened?

Ddaily, a web site that is in Korea, both Samsung's and LG's home country, says that the reason for the lack of that 13MP camera on Sammy's model is because Sony could not come up with enough 13MP CMOS sensors to satisfy Samsung's demand. Considering the success of the original model, which sold more than 10 million units, Samsung would need more of the part than the Japanese manufacturer could deliver at the time.

So how did LG secure enough 13MP CMOS sensors from Sony? Apparently, LG's LG Innotek division had been purchasing 13MP CMOS sensors from Sony since the ball dropped in Times Square signaling the start of 2012. And while Sony is looking to expand its capacity to build the 13MP CMOS sensor, it will obviously come too late for the Samsung GALAXY Note II. As for the LG Optimus G, much of the construction and new features are based on vertical integration with LG's other divisions. That left the company able to focus more on obtaining the few parts they needed from third party suppliers, like Sony.

source: Ddaily (translated) via UnwiredView

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  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15h talk time)
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
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1. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Makes sense. What's the point of taking risk with production just for a single component? And 13MP camera means even lesser pixel size considering same sensor area.

2. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The LG Intuition has a 8MP camera, not 13.

33. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's been corrected.

37. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

how bout correcting "thaqt" typo

3. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

didnt Nokia teach us that megapixels dont matter!

14. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yet the 808 has 41 MP wtf

19. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

and you still dont understand what they are for do you? losless zoom,oversampling,better low light photos in 8,5,3 mpx or 1080p 720p 360p video so please explain to me why did you not get that into your head since its launch

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

it's called sarcarm dips**t, go empty your bbbladder

24. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

lol didnt want to start a fight but... dumbass

25. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

34. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You're right. And Nokia also taught us not to fake our photos and videos.

41. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

oh god, someone can't get over the fact that nokia admitted it that it's from a prototype. they didn't even said in the video that it was from 920. Grow up kid.

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

once again phone arena does 0 research( they have learned alot from apple). like someone said above it has an 8mp camera the Verizon version... and as some else said .... its not all about mp

5. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

who cares really? I would really not want more than 5MP if the OEMs would just focus on optics and quality.. 13MP on a sensor that tiny is just stupid.

26. SleepingOz unregistered

Right, I don't care as well. I'm not buying this phone 'coz of its camera anyway. If I want a camera, I'll buy a camera.

6. manzl

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

r u fcking kidding me..... do u really think that u gonna buy phone having a 8 meg or 13 meg with the same price point and spec.... its like telling dual core is better than the quad....

8. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

You must be kidding your self. As people have mentioned above, it's not about the megapixels, it's about the optics and technology in the sensor. Also, you must not know much about mobile processors. If you cared to do a little research, you'd know that an S4 dual-core processor is more powerful than a quad-core Tegra 3.

55. manzl

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

its simply mean that with with 13 meg u gonna have much improve optic and sensorand more details... hope u get stuck with 8 meg for life...XD

64. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that doesnt mean anything of the sort actually. it just means it takes a larger picture file size. We HOPE that they improve the optics as well,but you cant tell until they do test shots and comparisons.

76. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

But unfortunately, all games for the S4 and Exynos chips will be watered down THD versions.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Hello, welcome to technology, where the cores and megapixels don't matter! Really, the dual-core S4 scores higher in benchmarks than the quad-core Tegra 3 and K3-V2 at the same clock speed. And the Nokia Lumia 920 PureView 8 MP camera will most likely be better than most advertised 13 MP cameras. It's all about the architectures and the optics.

32. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Everyone is making it seem like having a camera with 8 megapixels will always produce better pictures than one with 13 megapixels. Are we all completely forgetting the possibility of a phone with more megapixels and great picture quality? Seems like everyone is making excuses.

35. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

we're just reminding everybody not to jump to conclusions from MP count.

46. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011


54. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i am always watching you... ;)

7. lethalmemo

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

To anyone who is saying it doesn't matter if 8 or 13 megapixel : It dose matter big time...it's like saying BMW 520i is better than BMW 530i

15. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Cars are not megapixels, sorry. Bad logic is bad.

17. JessJess unregistered

No its not.

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

in car logic it would be like comparing a 530i F10 to a 540i E39. the 540i may have been built as a higher class of car than the 530i but the newer F10 even as a 530i outclasses the 540i E39.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that may have been what happened with the Razr HD's too considering the strong evidence there was for it indeed having a 13MP Sensor but instead coming with an 8MP one. o:

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