The Galaxy S9 and S9+ use different camera sensors in some markets


A recent Galaxy S9 camera teardown by TechInsights reveals that, in some regions, S9 and S9+ models use Sony IMX sensors, instead of Samsung's in-house ISOCELL chips. The two types of sensors seem to have different designs, but no discrepancies in image quality have been recorded between the two. The respective models are the IMX345 for the Sony-made module and the S5K2L3 ISOCELL Fast for Samsung's in-house sensor.

The S5K2L3 is an upgraded version of the S5K2L2 sensor that powered the main cameras in the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8, while the IMX345 is similar to the IMX400 that debuted in the Xperia XZs last year. Both have a 3-layer design that consists of a CMOS image sensor, an image signal processor (ISP), and a DRAM chip for buffering 960fps ultra-slow mo videos. The difference is that the IMX chip puts the DRAM between the ISP and the CMOS sensor, while the ISOCELL has the CMOS and ISP wafers conventionally bonded face-to-face, with the DRAM connected to the ISP face-to-back.

It's not clear yet whether there's a pattern to which markets are getting which sensor, but differences in image quality should likely be of no concern. If anything, this shows that Samsung can't satisfy the demand for so many imaging sensors alone.



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17 Comments

3. Feanor

Posts: 1417; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

But that was the case with previous Samsung flagships too. No news here.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4319; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

So the same as previous years. Thanks for the breaking news.

5. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

these guys must find a way to have some news on their websites to keep us always browsing open your eyes folks this is a money making game ...why is this important every year Samsung does the same things next year you gonna say say the same boring s**t for the galaxy s10 or x

6. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Been like this since laat time. Not suprised and one shouldn't be. Both perform identically.

9. det_bradlee

Posts: 163; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

And the different markets are.......?

16. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

US and the rest of the world. Or Exynos and Snapdragon markets to be exact.

10. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Use AIDA64 to find out what's in your phone...

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I checked mine and front and rear are both the Sony IMX sensors.

13. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Nice click bait PA, but it's an old news

15. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Nothing new since S6 Samsung use different sensors Exyons ISOCELL, Snapdragon Sony IMX.

17. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Fragmentation, hmm...

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