What you need to know
- Chinese leaker Ice Universe has claimed that Samsung Galaxy S11 will use a "new" 108MP camera sensor.
- Samsung's first 108MP camera sensor, ISOCELL Bright HMX, was announced in August this year.
- Samsung's Galaxy S11 family is rumored to be announced sometime in February next year.
A report published by The Elec in September had claimed the Samsung Galaxy S11 will feature a quad-camera setup at the back with a 108MP primary sensor. While many of us had assumed that the next flagship would use the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor that was announced earlier this year, Chinese tipster Ice Universe suggests Samsung will instead use a new 108MP sensor.
The Galaxy S11 has a high probability of using a new 108MP sensor.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 4, 2019
Unfortunately, the tipster hasn't revealed any information on how the "new" 108MP sensor will differ from the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor that was developed in collaboration with Xiaomi. In terms of size, the 1/1.33-inch type sensor is significantly larger than most other smartphone camera sensors that are currently available. Thanks to 4-in-1 pixel binning Tetracell technology, the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor is capable of capturing bright low-light shots in 27MP resolution.
In addition to a massive jump in the resolution of the primary camera sensor, the Galaxy S11 is also rumored to pack a 5x optical zoom module. Samsung's current flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, feature a telephoto lens with only 2x optical zoom. Rivals such as Huawei and OPPO, however, already offer phones with 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom.
Samsung's Galaxy S11 series, which is rumored to debut sometime in February next year, is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 865 chipset in the U.S. and China. In most other markets, the Galaxy S11 series phones could be powered by Samsung's in-house developed Exynos 9830 chipset.
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