First smartphone equipped with a 108MP camera is "coming soon" according to a teaser

First smartphone equipped with a 108MP camera is
Xiaomi's phones, like the majority of handsets designed and made in China, aren't sold in the states. But it always is a good idea to follow what is going on with these manufacturers because many times they are ahead of the field when it comes to new features and specs. For example, back in June, we told you that hidden code found in the latest MIUI (Xiaomi's Android UI) Camera app revealed that a Xiaomi phone would possibly be among the first to use Samsung's 64MP ISOCELL sensor. Samsung announced the 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor back in May.

While Realme is reportedly about to launch a phone sporting a 64MP rear camera later this month, Xiaomi revealed today that it will release its first device with a 64MP camera in the fourth quarter. This will be found on a handset with the Redmi brand; this is Xiaomi's budget line. The 64MP GW1 employs the pixel-merging Tetracell technology to deliver "bright" 16MP snapshots under low-light conditions. The sensor comes with the ISOCELL Plus technology which reduces noise by "minimizing optical loss and light reflection." It also has a technology known as Dual Conversion Gain (DCG) that optimizes performance and reduces noise in bright light by allowing the use of lower ISO settings. It also hikes the ISO setting under low-light conditions but does so to optimize the signal-to-noise ratio on photos shot in less-than-optimal lighting conditions.

Xiaomi and Samsung announced the existence of a 108MP sensor


Xiaomi also announced that Samsung has broken the 100MP mark with a new 108MP sensor that will debut on an upcoming Xiaomi phone. It has the highest resolution of any smartphone camera sensor and can produce photographs carrying a resolution of 12032 x 9024. With 2x digital zoom, the sensor will still capture 27MP images. The size of the sensor will be the largest available on the market and this means that its "ultra-high light input (will be used) to deliver stellar images in low-light environments."


Back in March, chipmaker Qualcomm hinted that 64MP and 100MP+ sensors were in the works. This brings back memories of the megapixel wars that led Nokia to include a 41MP camera on the back of the Lumia 1020 back in 2013. Up until recently, the main focus (no pun intended) has been on the use of multiple sensors to improve the photographic experience on phones. Also, the addition of ultra-wide lenses and time of flight (ToF) depth sensors has seemingly replaced the number of MP in importance as far as consumers are concerned. Google's image processing prowess helped turn the Pixel into one of the top (if not the top) smartphone brands for those who want their phone to take outstanding pictures. Up until now, Google has fought back against the higher MP and multiple sensor trends by placing a single 12MP sensor on the Pixel line. However, it appears that the Pixel 4 will be equipped with multiple cameras on the back.

While many Americans might not be familiar with the Xiaomi brand, the company did launch the first smartphone to feature a 48MP camera earlier this year. That was the Redmi 7. In the U.S., the OnePlus 7 Pro features a 48MP primary camera on the back. And next up will be 64MP, which might not be found on a U.S. phone until after the first quarter of 2020. As for the 108MP sensor, don't expect to find it on a phone sold in the states until 2021-2022.

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23 Comments

1. Fred3

Posts: 495; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I hope these phone companies are willing to give free cloud storage cause with so much mp people will need it

10. matistight

Posts: 980; Member since: May 13, 2009

Google gives 8MP free lol

12. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It was at least 12, but I thought it was actually 16 MP.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You're right, it's always been 16MP photos and 1080p videos

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

These days storage doesn't really matter. Google Photos, larger standard internal storage and big sd cards can handle most situations. Just be thankful it's not available on ios where they'll nickle and dime you into penury.

2. User123456789

Posts: 818; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It was custom made by Samsung for Xiaomi. Not available to other any soon.

3. miketer

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

That shows the Xiaomi can influence.....and that happens only through big bucks.

5. User123456789

Posts: 818; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Any company can go to Sony or Samsung and order an exclusive sensor. Main camera used by Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Sony are exclusive sensors made by Sony Semicon.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Xiaomi is 4th biggest smartphone manufacturer on this planet and still growing really fast. Sure they have extra money to invest in something like this.

4. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

The first phone with 48mp camera is redmi note 7. Not redmi 7!

6. User123456789

Posts: 818; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Honor had 48MP in the end of 2019 I think.

11. matistight

Posts: 980; Member since: May 13, 2009

You mean they will?

21. User123456789

Posts: 818; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

End of 2018, I mean

24. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

yes you're right honor view 20 with 48mp sony sensor came in end of 2018 but I'm just telling them that redmi 7 don't even had a 48mp camera sensor and the first redmi with 48mp sensor is redmi note 7.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Pointless. Pixels are so small and the gaps between them will waste so much light, that the image quality will probably be worse than a 12MP sensor without heavy post-processing which makes the image look very artificial.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also the higher MP means they can't stack as many photos

22. User123456789

Posts: 818; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Probably will output 27MP from 108.

8. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I love how the infographic shows the 64mp 1/1.7" being larger than a 48mp 1/2". The sensor is actually smaller.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4100; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

1/1.7" is larger than 1/2"

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

1.7 >.5 .5 = 1/2

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

23. User123456789

Posts: 818; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

1/2" has 8mm diagonal. 1/1.7" has more than 10mm.

15. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Let the MegaPixel war shift to GIGA PIXEL war... Bring on the 50 GIGA-PIXEL mobile phone camera with 0.0001 micon pixel size, resulting in file size about few hundreds of MB, yet with sh!tty image quality... /SARCASM

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