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ZTE's Axon 30 Pro will launch with a 200MP main camera from Samsung: new leaks

A Spectra 580 ISP infograph. (Source: Qualcomm)
A Spectra 580 ISP infograph. (Source: Qualcomm)
The tipster WHYLAB now claims that the newly-hyped ZTE Axon 30 Pro will launch with a new image sensor called the S5KGND. This, apparently, is Samsung's rumored new 200MP sensor, possibly the most powerful of 2021. It is projected to support 16K recording, dual pixel-binning modes and dual native ISO.

ZTE has just started teasing what is likely to be its 2021 flagship phone, the Axon 30 Pro 5G, in the context of a SIM-card-shaped outline of something that might be the phone's new and particularly extra-large camera hump. The OEM has already hinted that, if so, it will contain the year's "strongest imaging system". Now, WHYLAB has lent weight to this idea with a new Weibo post.

This missive indicates that the 30 Pro will launch with the Samsung S5KGND, a long-anticipated image sensor of no less than 200MP in resolution. WHYLAB asserts that, besides this new spec, its pixels will shrink down to just 0.64µm (or microns) in size, compared to 0.8 microns in the Galaxy S21 Ultra's main 108MP camera.

These pixels will be capable of 2 types of binning, which might be an improvement even over the S21 Ultra's 9-in-1 system. The S5KGND's new modes are apparently to be 4-in-1 and 16-in-1, resulting in either 50MP or (potentially fantastically detailed) 12.5MP images respectively.

WHYLAB also now claims that the 200MP image sensor could support 16K video, although it remains to be seen if any smartphone can actually realize that in 2021. The rumor that it will be connected to the Snapdragon 888 in the Axon 30 Pro is reportedly backed up further by a second Weibo post, apparently belonging to a ZTE representative.

This individual highlights the fact that the 888's Spectra 580 image signal processor (ISP) can in fact support 200MP cameras. They also remind readers that it can also take pictures or videos at a rate of 2.7 billion pixels per second, and can image in light levels that go down to 0.1 lumens.

The Spectra 580 ISP can also support 4K HDR video recording and the 10-bit color-depth rating. The new post might therefore imply that the upcoming 30 Pro has rear cameras with all the latest bells and whistles, can handle ultra-low-light photography and record with conceivably awesome clarity. On the other hand, the phone also lacks for an official launch date at this point.

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The Axon 30 Pro's possible rear camera hump. (Source: Weibo)
The Axon 30 Pro's possible rear camera hump. (Source: Weibo)


Weibo via GSMArena (1)

Weibo via GSMArena (2)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01-30 (Update: 2021-01-30)