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Samsung starts developing the 250 MP ISOCELL mobile image sensor

The 250 MP ISOCELL sensor could end up being larger than 1/1 inches. (Image Source: Photonics Online)
The 250 MP ISOCELL sensor could end up being larger than 1/1 inches. (Image Source: Photonics Online)
Chinese sources report that Samsung has finished development for the 150 MP sensors and started work on the 250 MP ones. The first 150 Mp sensors are expected to launch with Xiaomi's flagship handhelds later this year, while the 250 MP sensor could arrive in late 2021.
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Samsung recently presented its plans to surpass human eye acuity with an upcoming 600 MP image sensor that will probably not even fit in future smartphones. There is no exact time frame for the 600 MP sensor, although Samsung mentioned that we could be seeing these advanced chips sooner than we think. Hopefully, such big sensors will not be relying on pixel binning too much, otherwise that 600 MP resolution will not exactly surpass the human eye parameters. Meanwhile, reports from China are suggesting that Samsung has finished developing the 150 MP sensor and immediately started working on the 250 MP upgrade.

The reports come from trusted leaker Ice Universe on the Weibo forums, and, even though there are no specific specs leaked for the 250 MP ISOCELL sensor, rumor has it that it could be the first 1/1-inch mobile chip or even larger, so it may not fit inside slimmer smartphone models. Comparatively, the 108 MP sensor currently integrated with the Galaxy S20 series is 1/1.33-inch in size and the upcoming 150 MP sensor will be very close to the 1/1 milestone.

Expect to see the 150 MP sensor in Xiaomi’s flagships later this year, while the first Samsung devices to integrate it may arrive in early 2021 with the Galaxy S21 models. As for the 250 MP sensor, the earliest we could see it integrated in a smartphone might be the second half of 2021 with the launch of the Note 21.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1575 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-04-29 (Update: 2020-04-29)