What’s particularly interesting about this sensor is how Samsung actually developed it in partnership with Xiaomi. This has resulted in a sensor called the ISOCELL Bright HMX. According to Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi, “For ISOCELL Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted in a groundbreaking 108Mp image sensor. We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones.”
This sensor has 0.8 micro pixels which means that in terms of physical size, it will be the same as the current 48MP and 64MP cameras, meaning that it’ll be able to fit into current phone designs but offer up a much higher megapixel count. Other features of the sensor include the ability to shoot 6K video at 30fps.
Samsung is expected to begin mass production of the new sensor later this month, and Xiaomi had also previously confirmed their plans to launch a smartphone that will be taking advantage of it. Whether or not 108MP is overkill remains to be seen, but it will certainly be quite the talking point.