The Galaxy S20 and S20+ might not use Samsung's new 108MP camera

The Galaxy S20 and S20+ might not use Samsung's new 108MP camera
Samsung is reportedly developing an advanced 108-megapixel camera for the Galaxy S20 series. But, if new information is to be believed, the sensor may only be present in one of the company’s flagship models.

The Galaxy S20 and S20+ will feature a 12MP sensor


In a Tweet published earlier today, tipster Ice Universe revealed that neither the Galaxy S20 or Galaxy S20+ will benefit from the all-new 108-megapixel camera. That’s because Samsung has reportedly reserved the sensor for the top-of-the-range Galaxy S20 Ultra model.

The standard Galaxy S20 and larger Galaxy S20+ will instead make use of an upgraded 12-megapixel camera. Samsung has used 12-megapixel sensors on its devices since the Galaxy S7 was introduced way back in 2016, but this time around it has one huge change up its sleeves.

The South Korean giant is reportedly upping the pixel size on its new camera to an impressive 1.8μm. For reference, the existing implementation offered by Samsung, as well as those favored by Google and Apple, typically offer a 1.4μm pixel size.

Moreover, the increasingly popular 48-megapixel and 64-megapixel sensors that have been seen across the mid-range segment in recent times have only managed to achieve a 1.6μm pixel size. Samsung’s new flagship camera will, therefore, be noticeably larger.

A quick bit of math reveals an impressive sensor size in the region of 1/1.8", which is almost twice the size of the 1/2.55" sensors used on existing flagships. As such, the Galaxy S20 and S20+ camera should be significantly more powerful than the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 alternatives, something corroborated by Ice Universe.

Size constraints could be the reason for the change


It’s unconfirmed at the moment why Samsung has opted for the improved 12-megapixel camera inside its smaller flagships over the even more powerful 108-megapixel sensor it has in the works, but space constraints are likely the culprit.

Although the 12-megapixel camera is noticeably larger than anything Samsung has used before, its upcoming 108-megapixel alternative is simply massive – a pixel size of 1/1.3". This is further visualized by the sheer size of the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s camera module.

Adding the same camera to the smaller Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ is technically possible, but it likely would have resulted in several compromises elsewhere. After all, Samsung has a long list of upgrades planned for its entire lineup.

The obvious one is the addition of extra cameras alongside larger displays that feature smaller bezels, therefore resulting in a minimal size increase over the devices introduced last year. Another big change involves the batteries, which have reportedly been increased to 4,000mAh and 4,500mAh inside the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ respectively.

These should ensure long battery life on both flagships, despite the presence of 5G modems which are both larger and more power-hungry than their 4G LTE counterparts.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series announcement, release date, availability  


The Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ will make their official debut on Tuesday, February 11, alongside the premium Galaxy S20 Ultra, the foldable Galaxy Bloom, and an updated pair of wireless earphones dubbed the Galaxy Buds.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S20 series should commence by the end of the week and precede a release on Friday, February 21. The phones are expected to be made available worldwide, although certain variants will only be available in select markets.

For example, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is expected to arrive alongside the 5G-ready Galaxy S20 and S20+ in the United States. In several Asian markets, however, the Galaxy S20 and S20+ will instead be sold in 4G LTE variants due to the lack of next-gen networks.

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  • Battery 4000 mAh
Galaxy S20+ (S11)
  • Display 6.7" 1440 x 3200 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
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42 Comments

2. TheAccountant unregistered

i believe you did read @universeice tweet. indirectly he named phonearena team a bunch of idiots as he posted your's yesterday article extract

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 756; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

That article yesterday was a rumor roundup. The rumors until now stated that all phones would have the 108MP camera and he simply corrected the info. Not everybody is as rude as some of the commenters here! And if we hadn’t have published it we probably wouldn’t have this 12MP info today :)

11. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 412; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

That's the joy of the Internet, politeness out of the window!

14. androiduser

Posts: 558; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Why do you allow scams on your website? I'm beginning to think it's done by phone arena to scam its viewers, that's why it's allowed

48. joshuaswingle

Posts: 756; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

We don't – we're constantly deleting spam accounts but new ones keep being made

15. Abdbaas

Posts: 164; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

If we had not published

9. DBozz

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Iceuniverse is an Assuniverse

21. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2528; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

“indirectly he named phonearena team a bunch of idiots as he posted your’s yesterday article extract.” The only idiot here is the one that thinks “your’s yesterday article” is a coherent group of words. It’s ironic that you would try to use your comment to call PA an idiot when the comment utilizes the grammar of a 2nd grade student.

4. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Oh look shock.. exactly what I've been saying here at exactly what I've been getting made fun of and called a hater for.. typical Samsung Shenanigans leaking and hyping and getting Tech websites to write stories about what might happen which inevitably doesn't happen only so they can recycle it might happen the next time on the next phone which won't happen and then the disgusting cycle continues. This is such an industry scam and Samsung leads it constantly and the tech industry is complicit and costly riding what if maybe it's possible type stories that just don't come to fruition spending a lot of people's Wheels reading nonsense

5. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

And now it's even worse these companies like Samsung hype all this crap to pull you in and then they just sequestered away for the next release and sell you something on this release that has already been done by other companies proving one more time Samsung is behind the curve and not leading the Curve. The trick - release rumors about some coming amazing Tech and then suddenly hold it back for the next release not the imminent release but the industry gets the last laugh because some company phone maker out of Asia will beat them to the punch while they hold back technology that they can release later and claim it's an amazing breakthrough despite the fact that company's have already been doing it because their desire to hold back and lag always keeps them behind. You have the tech now release it quit teasing people with your nonsense and trying to hold back little pieces of Technology they will always be coming in the next phone. People are growing weary of this this is why people have stopped churning $1,000 phones every year. They're onto the nonsense

7. User123456789

Posts: 1363; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Simple. Want the better hardware, pay more.

18. Fred3

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I understand that but you shouldn't have to get a giant phone to get better options

19. User123456789

Posts: 1363; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It is about the most expensive, not just size. They will earn more money if you buy the Ultra intead of s20.

40. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not everyone wants a phone the size of the Ultra They'd make more money from S20+ sales if the S20+ had the larger 1/1.3" sensor Samsung should make the only differences be battery size and screen size, like with Google and Apple

8. DBozz

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Believe me... No one can never pull out something in last minute! Wen u r ready for production in 2 months with 108mp camera (if at all its true) its simply so so so difficult just to make U turn when u have all toolings ready for production after all investments made! Design change at final stage is just outright ridiculous and foolish! After all, 120hz display 108mp camera are all d story what those stupid leakters developed not by samsung so its not their fault if s20 is coming without 108mp camera 120hz display... But i do say ill b disappointed if it comes with 12mp n same 60hz display in 2020 also

44. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They can simply block 120Hz with software, no hardware changes required Iceuniverse said only the Ultra will have the 1/1.3" sensor weeks ago That was obvious when Onleaks leaked the cad dimensions, as the Ultra has a 1.3mm thicker camera bump Initially Iceuniverse said the S20/S20+ will have a 64MP 1/1.7" sensor. Todays he's updated that to a 12MP sensor with 1.8um pixels, which is about 1/1.76"

52. S4NDY

Posts: 275; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Iceuniverse said in weibo that s20/20+ have 12 mp sensor a couple of months ago.

10. talon95

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

That's would be a major mistake for Samsung. I hope they know better.

12. Cat97

Posts: 2031; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The 108MP is a midrange sensor, just like the 48MP. It is designed to lure naive customers with paper specs. A good camera has at most 12MP with large pixels, because the sensor size is very small for anything else.

20. User123456789

Posts: 1363; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

The s20 ultra will not use same sensor used by xiaomi mi note. But a new and exclusive version.

32. Cat97

Posts: 2031; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It doesn't matter which 108MP sensor is used, physics is physics. More pixels means more pixel gaps which waste sensor space and reduce the total received light. One area where the 108MP makes sense is in a zoom camera. You can increase the optical zoom ratio by sensor crop. But nevertheless, picture quality will only be acceptable if there is a lot of light available (ie daylight).

23. Zrtsg

Posts: 40; Member since: May 09, 2019

Yes the 12mp is a flagship sensor. But for 2016's flagship. The 48mp is better bigger and is for 2019 flagship . 12mp sensor can never come close to the 48mp one let alone the 108mp Funfact: xiaomi's cheapest phone redmi 8a uses the same sensor as iphone s10 and pixel.

26. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Fun fact, you are clueless. More pixels does not automatically equal bigger or better, as the 48mp sensor has already been proven inferior and those phone don't all use the same sensor. Google is your friend.

36. Zrtsg

Posts: 40; Member since: May 09, 2019

Try to compare cameras from the same company like xiaomi for example. Mi 9 has better camera than mi 8. Ofc more pixels does automatically means better but it's one of the main factors to make better camera.

38. iushnt

Posts: 3180; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Xiaomi? They always use midrange sensors.

51. indlvarn

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

Samsung s20 ultra will have 108 MP sensor and 9 to 1 Pixel Bayer technology. One pixel will have 2.4 um.

13. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 956; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

The screen sizes on theses phones are far too big. God knows how big the Note 11 plus will go. 8 inches?

22. User123456789

Posts: 1363; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

My guess is 7.2" for Note 20+

24. Epicness1o1

Posts: 329; Member since: May 30, 2013

What if they will include both 12 MP for low light and 108 MP for day shots ? And the consistent 12 MP cameras are reminding me of HTC when they used a 4MP sensors for a long time...

27. joshuaswingle

Posts: 756; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

HTC only used 4MP cameras for two years - 2013 & 2014

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