Xiaomi confirms huge Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor for the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra that will dwarf the Sony IMX689 in the OnePlus 9
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Over the last few weeks, much has been made of the cameras that Xiaomi has chosen for the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra. Notably, Ice Universe claimed that Xiaomi's then unconfirmed flagship smartphone would feature Samsung's new ISOCELL GN2, a 50 MP camera sensor that is also the largest of any designed for a smartphone. Now, Xiaomi and Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing have confirmed that this will be the case.
Xiaomi started teasing the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra yesterday, but it is probably no coincidence that the company has published Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra camera details a day after OnePlus announced the OnePlus 9 series. Lu Weibing has gone as far as to highlight the ISOCELL GN2's size advantage over the Sony IMX689, a comparison of which that can be seen below. Incidentally, the OnePlus 9 Pro uses the IMX789, which is a 1/1.43-inch sensor. The ISOCELL GN2, by contrast, measures 1/1.12-inches.
Sensor size is not everything when it comes to cameras, but the ISOCELL GN2 will also 1.4 um wide pixels, a Dual TetraPixel RBG Bayer Pattern colour filter and Dual Pixel Pro (PDAF) auto focus. Moreover, the ISOCELL supports 4-in-1 pixel binning that should create an effective 2.8 um pixel width. The ISOCELL GN2 will also be capable of upscaling to 100 MP. You can read more about the ISOCELL GN2 here.
Xiaomi will unveil the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra on March 29. The pair are expected to be joined by at least the Mi 11 Lite, a device that should launch in 4G and 5G variants.