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Samsung to utilise 200 MP camera for several years in its flagship smartphones, starting with the Galaxy S23 Ultra

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is tipped to be the first smartphone to launch with a 200 MP camera sensor. (Image source: Technizo Concept)
The Galaxy S23 Ultra is tipped to be the first smartphone to launch with a 200 MP camera sensor. (Image source: Technizo Concept)
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has not arrived yet, which is due in early 2022. However, that has not stopped renowned leakers from outlining what to expect from the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Reputedly, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will be the first of many Galaxy S flagship smartphones to feature a 200 MP camera, the first of its kind.

The Galaxy S22 series is right around the corner, with the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra all thought to be debuting in February 2022. As we have discussed previously, the Galaxy S22 Ultra should arrive with a 108 MP primary camera, matching the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

In that vein, @UniverseIce believes that Samsung will continue optimising camera sensors over several years, rather than churning out new ones for every flagship smartphone release. However, the leaker asserts that Samsung will finally move on from 108 MP camera sensors in 2023, starting with the Galaxy S23 Ultra. For reference, Samsung used the ISOCELL HM1 in the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the ISOCELL HM2 in the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the HM2 again in the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

By contrast, @UniverseIce still thinks that Samsung will build the Galaxy S23 Ultra around a 200 MP camera sensor. Presumably, they are implying that the Galaxy S24 Ultra, and perhaps even its successor, will rely on the same 200 MP camera as the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

If Samsung's rumoured changes for the 108 MP camera in next year's Galaxy S22 Ultra are anything to go by, the camera changes from the Galaxy S23 Ultra to the Galaxy S24 Ultra could be small. Apparently, Samsung will introduce generational camera improvements this year mainly through software tweaks, not hardware ones. Potentially, Samsung could choose the ISOCELL HP1 for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but it probably would not confirm this until the device's launch in early 2023.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-12-29 (Update: 2021-12-29)