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Rumor: Samsung developing new 150MP Nonacell sensor for Q4 2020

Samsung may be developing a new 150-megapixel sensor for flagship phones, according to a fresh rumor passed along via Twitter. It claims that the sensor has a footprint of around 1 inch and that it uses the same Nonacell technology that was employed by the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor.

The rumor further suggests that Xiaomi will be the first third-party company to utilize the 150MP shooter in one of its flagship phones scheduled to be unveiled in Q4 2020. Other companies including Oppo and Vivo will supposedly employ the module in the first quarter of 2021. They’ll pair the sensor with the unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chipset which will presumably beat at the heart of their premium models.

Nonacell is seemingly reviving the race for more pixels

Now, since the sensor is said to rely on Nonacell technology, it should combine nine pixels into one to achieve higher light absorption. And because the sensor is said to have a resolution of 150-megapixels, the final shots should technically have a pixel count of around 16MP, as opposed to the ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor which delivers 12MP shots.

It’s interesting to see how this camera technology is giving Samsung a real incentive to aim for a higher pixel count for its sensors. For the most part, the race for more pixels had slowly died off in recent years, but the introduction of Nonacell is seemingly reviving that philosophy, even though it may be doing so for different technical reasons.

Samsung could be creating this sensor specifically for its clients in China; in other words, there’s no way to be certain that the Korean giant will use the same exact sensor in one of its future flagship phones such as the Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy S21. But a variation of it, at least, is likely to be developed for Samsung’s own purposes.

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Allain78666
Allain78666

I really hope they release a phone with 20,000 mah battery, plus it should be very strong. EU is already taking hard stance on these companies. Currently it is impossible to change the lcd or other components if they break down, except you have to buy a new phone.
EU should also talk to other governments around the world to change the power plugs, currently every continent have their own power plugs.

stondec
stondec

Looking forward to the Note 20 ultra, mostly for the 120Hz display, not for the camera, as the results of the S 20 ultra camera performance have been underwhelming so far.

magmar100
magmar100

I would much rather have a really good 20MP Camera than a crappy 150MP one

blameurediction
blameurediction

Maybe fix the current S20 Ultra issues first? I’m all for progression of tech, but at least put effort into making the most expensive flagship worth the money. At present, it’s not. My OnePlus 7T Pro camera is performing better in certain scenarios and that’s just under half the price.

keepitsimple1
keepitsimple1

I smell it coming. N20 CAMERA to blow S20 to the side and increase price by 200 or more.

Landon A
Landon A

*Facepalm* can we please have some 150MP-level software instead? Time and time again, hardware, hardware, hardware. What about software, Sammy?

FRBonvoyage
FRBonvoyage

If Samsung software was bad, they wouldn’t use 12MP 1/2.55″ sensor for 4 years

Landon A
Landon A

The camera software is not bad, rather, it is inferior to the likes of Apple and Google who use lesser hardware. I will say, though, Night Mode is outstanding on the Ultra!

Erupt
Erupt

If the image quality is going to be like the current one, it’ll be better if they find a way to embed a painting tiny imp for the image and a salamander for the flash, the final result will be way better and creative.

othmanhu
othmanhu

The title says 2019. You mean 2020 😇