Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022
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Samsung’s new cameras are revolutionizing the industry. Presented for more than a year, the models offering 200 megapixels should finally find their place in smartphones from the end of 2022.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro can capture RAW files in .dng format
The Xiaomi 12 Pro, as an illustration // Source: Frandroid – Robin Wycke

Samsung’s 200-megapixel Isocell sensors arrive. And if Motorola were the first to benefit from it, Xiaomi would wait on the prowl to integrate it into its potential Xiaomi 12T and fight in the segment of the best smartphones for the photo.

Not all pixels are the same

It’s more or less done: the Motorola X30 Pro would be the first to adopt Samsung’s Isocell HP1 sensor. It is the top of the range model that will notably offer 2.56 µm photosites in 12.5 Mpx shots. However, it is not this component that Xiaomi would turn to for its 12T.

Believe SamMobile, the Chinese manufacturer would prefer to opt for the ISOCELL HP3. Another 200-megapixel sensor, recently introduced by Samsung, which is both more compact, but also, inevitably, less efficient.

In detail, the latter will of course offer the same definition, but in smaller pixels. In this case, we are talking about a 1/1.4-inch sensor for 2.24 µm photosites after pixel binning. This is respectively 20% and 12% less compared to the Isocell HP1.

Samsung among the last served

There is something surprising about seeing third-party manufacturers (competitors) claim advanced technologies developed by Samsung. In fact, according to the rumor, the South Korean should not mobilize its own 200-megapixel sensors before the launch of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, early next year.

However, this in itself is nothing very shocking. Mobile imaging is a major business driver for Samsung. According to the latest Strategy Analytics reportthe manufacturer takes 26% of the market shares dominated by Sony (45%) and that weighed, in 2021, 15,100 million dollars.

Photo Sensors Market 2021
The Dedicated Smartphone Photo Sensor Market in 2021 // Source: Strategy Analytics

Xiaomi, for its part, does not hesitate to stock up on both one and the other. A few days ago, the announcement of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra let us discover the Sony IMX989: its new 1-inch smartphone photo sensor.

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