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Smartphone selfie cameras will upgrade to 100MP or more soon: new leak

Selfie cameras might get even bigger soon. (Source: Honor)
Selfie cameras might get even bigger soon. (Source: Honor)
Currently, the highest-res smartphone image sensor in existence is one of 108MP. Obviously, it is used as a marquee feature on the back of devices like the new Xiaomi Mi 11. However, should the prolific leaker Digital Chat Station be believed, it might migrate to the front of upcoming models soon.

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Smartphone OEMs have adopted the punch-hole camera in their droves, so as to reconcile demands for edge-to-edge displays with those for better and better front-facing shooters. It seems this hybrid market driver is not going anywhere any time soon, even though there are now hints that a 100MP+ spec will become the next big thing in selfie cameras.

To be more accurate, the well-regarded tipster Digital Chat Station appears to believe this is the case. According to this often-precise source, the 100MP front-facing sensor "is really coming" (translated comment); therefore, companies such as Vivo, Realme and possibly even Samsung might start to tout them as bleeding-edge-specs in new phones soon.

This prospect might split consumer reactions down the middle. In addition, the idea of possibly 108MP selfie cameras also implies issues such as needing bigger, even more distracting, apertures above or even within a given screen in order to fit these probably enlarged sensors in front panels. Currently, the most powerful selfie component out there is one of 44MP, which is frankly pushing it in terms of punch-hole magnitude.

Solutions to this potential problem could include combining such high-res selfie cameras with under-display technology. Nevertheless, this new putative trend might collide with OEM ambitions to enhance screen real estate. They include Xiaomi's alleged ambitions (as, again, posted by Digital Chat Station) to make the upcoming Redmi K40 series' selfie aperture as small as possible, not to mention OnePlus' new patent that fits a selfie camera right into an impressively minimal bezel.

Avoid the punch-hole altogether with a OnePlus 7T Pro from Amazon!

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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02-15 (Update: 2021-02-20)