Samsung is developing 150MP camera sensor with Nonacell technology: Report

By Xite - March 18, 2020
Media reports making rounds on the internet are claiming that Samsung is developing a 150MP 1-inch sensor with its proprietary Nonacell technology. If true, the 150MP sensor would offer 16MP output.

Samsung made a 48MP sensor, a 64MP sensor, an 108MP sensor and now it is reportedly developing a new camera sensor with a whopping 150MP image resolution. According to the reports making rounds on the internet, this sensor will be based on the Nonacell technology that Samsung used on its ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor (featured on the Galaxy S20 Ultra). 

This technology performs 9-in-1 pixel binning, that is, merges nine smaller pixels to make one big pixel, to provide high resolution images. The ISOCELL Bright HM1 produces 12MP image results, and if the development is true, the 150MP sensor would offer 16MP output.

Further, it is reported that the new sensor will be 1-inch in size, which is larger than the 1/1.33-inch ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor used in the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Given that the technology is new and costly, it is safe to assume that the sensor will initially make it to high-end flagship smartphones only. 

Reportedly, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have asked for the new sensor. Xiaomi is rumoured to deploy it in its phones as early as the fourth quarter of 2020. Other two players may bring phones with the 150MP sensor in the first quarter of 2021. Samsung hasn’t said anything on the development till now, which means that we have to take this report with a pinch of salt.

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