Most premium Samsung smartphones released in recent years are equipped with the company’s ISOCELL HMX 108MP camera and there is a possibility that next year Galaxy S23 will show off its Isocell HP1 200MP sensor, which the company’s engineers recently used to take a giant picture of a cat. Sony, which makes sensors for Apple and Google, among others, is now also said to be working on a camera with high megapixels.
Sony’s customers Apple and Google, who are behind some of the best camera phones out there seem to prioritize software processing over camera hardware, which explains why the very best iPhone still has a 12MP camera. Google has finally switched from the 12.2MP Sony IMX363 sensor to Samsung’s ISOCELL GN1 50MP sensor, and Apple’s next premium phones, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, could also have a 48MP camera.
Software optimizations can only get you so far, and at the end of the day, a higher-resolution sensor is theoretically able to capture more light, giving your phone more data to work with. So it’s good news that Sony’s first 100MP smartphone sensor is on the way.
In addition, Sony also apparently has a new sensor from the Sony IMX9 series in the pipeline, which will compete with Samsung’s 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor, which has 1.4μm pixels. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro was the first phone with this 1/1.2-inch sensor.
The leaker had previously said that Sony’s next IMX9 series camera would be a 50MP sensor that could be known as the IMX989
and it would be 1-inch tall. He had also said that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra could be the first phone with this sensor. Sony’s 2021 Xperia Pro-I also has a 1-inch sensor but has a resolution of 12MP.
The leaker also claims that Samsung is preparing a sensor larger than the GN2 unit, but has not given any further details.
The CEO of Sony’s Semiconductor division had previously said that smartphone cameras would catch up with DSLR cameras by 2024, and it looks like these rumors of new larger, higher-resolution cameras would be steps in that direction.