We believed that the battle for megapixels was more or less outdated, but the thing has reactivated again. To this year’s trend of integrating 48 MP sensors in various models are now added projects to go to sensors with 64 and up to 108 Pixels, and if there is anyone interested in integrating them, that is Xiaomi .
The Chinese manufacturer is officially preparing the development of a smartphone from its Redmi range that will become the first to have a 64-megapixel sensor. It won’t stay there, because then they will go for a camera with Samsung’s imminent and scandalous 108 megapixel ISOCELL sensor.
Long live megapixels (again)
The somewhat less scandalous 64-megapixel sensor will also be manufactured by Samsung: it is the ISOCELL Bright GW1 model of this manufacturer, with a size of 1/7 “, pixel size of 0.8 microns and the aforementioned resolution. It is nothing less than 38% larger than the 48-megapixel sensor we’ve seen this year.
That will give rise to more vibrant and detailed images and that as with this increase in megapixels will leave us even more room for maneuver to enlarge or to be able to print large photos without apparent loss of detail. Oops, sorry: we wanted to say that you can print up posters, since these options allow for example to print one of 3.26 x 2.44 meters at 72 dpi without problems. As for video recording, Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor supports recording in full HD resolution at 480 frames per second.
That will have an immediate consequence: the photos will have a resolution of 9,248 x 6,936 pixels and a size of 19 MB on average: not only “they will eat” the storage capacity of our smartphone faster than ever, but the speeds of Transfer of these storage systems will be put to the test: we will see how they behave for example in burst mode, where we assume that there will be concessions in the resolution.
From 48 to 64, from 64 to 108 and from 108 … to 192?
In Xiaomi they have not given details about the mobile that will make this new technological achievement show its true capacity, but they have confirmed that it will be a Redmi family smartphone, and that it will be launched in India in the fourth quarter of 2019.
That sensor will be accompanied later by Samsung’s impressive 108 megapixel sensor, which will be integrated into a Mi series mobile. The photos we take with it can have a resolution of 12,032 x 9,024 pixels and the size of the photos, although not specified, will be even larger than those 19 MB of which we spoke in the previous case.
Some rumors suggest that the first mobile to boast of that bestial sensor will be the future Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 , but both in that case and in the Redmi family mobile, better hold your breath: the advantages of having sensors with greater numbers of megapixels are still inconclusive.
And if not they tell Google or Apple , that with 12.2 MP sensors (in the Pixel 3 / XL) or 12 MP (in the iPhone XS Max) seem not to want to participate in that particular race. Others like Qualcomm, of course, seem willing to fully support that war: the firm already announced a few months ago the support of cameras with sensors up to 192 Mpxels. This, it seems, has only just begun.