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Samsung trademark registration hints on 432MP-450MP camera sensor in the works

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Samsung’s 200MP ISOCELL HP1 camera sensor is expected to debut on the Moto X30 Pro. The flagship phone will be launched on August 2. Samsung followed that up with another 200MP camera sensor, the ISOCELL HP3. And now, according to a tweet from Galaxy Club (through SamMobile), Samsung has applied for a trademark in South Korea (the company’s home country) for the term “Hexa²Pixel.”
Samsung uses an ISOCELL HM3 sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with a “Nonapixel RGB Bayer pattern”. The company’s “nonapixel” reference indicates that the images produced by that sensor are subject to 9:1 pixel binning. This is a technology that allows individual pixels to group together to form super pixels resulting in brighter images with less noise.

The 9:1 pixel binning means that the 108MP camera on the Galaxy S22 Ultra can deliver enhanced 12MP photos (108 divided by 9 equals 12). The 200 MP ISOCELL HP1 and ISOCELL HP 3 use a “Tetra²pixel RGB Bayer pattern” that uses 16:1 Pixel binning (Tetra=4 and 4 squared equals 16). For example, the trademark request for “Hexa²Pixel” would suggest that Samsung is working on a camera sensor with a pixel binning ratio of 36:1 (Hexa=6 and 6 squared equals 36).

Since Samsung’s post-binning images are in the 12MP to 12.5MP range (as we pointed out with the above example of the 108MP sensor on the Galaxy S22 Ultra), we can multiply a bit (12 times 36 and 12.5 times 36) to conclude that the manufacturer is working on a camera sensor with a resolution somewhere between 432MP to 450MP.

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We should point out that the trademark application doesn’t mention anything about a camera sensor and while a 450MP sensor will appear in the future, it may not be as fast as the trademark application suggests.

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