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Samsung tipped to stick to its guns with the Galaxy S21 Ultra

The implementation of the 108 MP camera on the S20 Ultra was flawed. (Source: Samsung)
The implementation of the 108 MP camera on the S20 Ultra was flawed. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy S21 series is right about six months away from launch and leaks are already starting to surface. The most recent one concerns the S21 Ultra's main camera, indicating that Samsung will eschew other critically acclaimed sensors in favor of an updated version of its existing 108 MP offering.
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Following the release of the Galaxy Note 20 series two weeks ago, Samsung is already working on its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S21, and initial details of the top of the line model's camera have now surfaced.

According to popular tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will sport a 108 MP camera. The Galaxy S20 Ultra was the first Samsung device to feature the company's own 108 MP, with the Note 20 Ultra also sharing similar hardware. Things aren't going to change with the S21 Ultra either, as it will also offer the high-res 108 MP camera.

While the S21 Ultra's main camera will clock in at 108 MP, the source claims it will be a new sensor; an update on the one used on the S20 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra—the ISOCELL Bright HMX. It's unknown what differences there will be between the new sensor and the HMX, however.

It's interesting to see Samsung stick to its guns with the 108 MP setup. Xiaomi debuted the 108 MP sensor on the Mi Note 10 last year but finally ditched it in favor of the 48 MP OmniVision OV48C on the Mi 10 Ultra. There are solid reasons for that, but it appears Samsung isn't looking to rock the boat too much. 

Samsung's current 108 MP sensors are widely considered to be worse than its own 50 MP GN1 and the Sony IMX700 on the Huawei P40 Pro. That said, the implementation on the Note 20 Ultra appears to have solved most of the issues from the S20 Ultra, so it'll be interesting to see how the next-gen offering fares. 

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Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - Senior Tech Writer - 1959 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I like tech, simple as. Half the time, you can catch me writing snarky sales copy. The rest of the time, I'm either keeping readers abreast with the latest happenings in the mobile tech world or watching football. I worked as both a journo and freelance content writer for a couple of years before joining the Notebookcheck team in 2017. Feel free to shoot me some questions on Twitter or Reddit if it so tickles thine fancy.
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Ricci Rox, 2020-08-21 (Update: 2020-08-22)