World’s First 108 Megapixel Image Sensor for Smartphones

Posted Aug 13, 2019 by Samsung Semiconductors

Samsung Electronics has now unveiled the world’s first mobile image sensor in the industry to go beyond 100 million pixels. The Korean giant’s new 108 megapixel (Mp) Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX, expands the company’s 0.8μm image sensor offerings from its recently announced ultra-high 64Mp to 108Mp, a resolution equivalent to that of a high-end DSLR camera. The Bright HMX is a one-of-a-kind mobile image sensor and is the result of close collaboration between Chinese smartphone leader, Xiaomi and Samsung.

With over 100 million effective pixels enabling extremely sharp photographs rich in detail, the ISOCELL Bright HMX also produces exceptional photos even in extreme lighting conditions. Being the first mobile image sensor to adopt a large 1/1.33-inch size, the HMX can absorb more light in low-lit settings than smaller sensors and its pixel-merging Tetracell technology allows the sensor to imitate big-pixel sensors, producing brighter 27Mp images.

In bright environments, the Smart-ISO, a mechanism that intelligently selects the level of amplifier gains according to the illumination of the environment for optimal light-to-electric signal conversion, switches to a low ISO to improve pixel saturation and produce vivid photographs. The mechanism uses a high ISO in darker settings that helps reduce noise, resulting in clearer pictures. For advanced filming, the HMX supports video recording without losses in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384) 30-frames-per-second (fps).

For ISOCELL Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted in a groundbreaking 108Mp image sensor. Xiaomi expects the new sensor to soon find its way to the upcoming Xiaomi smartphones and provide picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras.

Mass production for Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX will begin later this month.