Commenting on the company's partnership with Xiaomi on the development of the new image sensor, Xiaomi's co-founder and president, Lin Bin, said: "For ISOCELL Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted in a groundbreaking 108Mp image sensor". GW1 supports real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) that provides richer hues for capturing images resembling the way the human eye perceives its surroundings in a mixed light environment. Production of the new chip will begin later this month, Samsung said.
The sensor also has a 'Smart-ISO' technology that intelligently selects the level of amplifier gains according to the illumination of the environment for optimal light-to-electric signal conversion.
"Over the past few years, mobile phone cameras have become the main instrument for recording and sharing our everyday moments", said Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics.
It uses Samsung's proprietary Tetracell technology that uses four pixels as one to better absorb light in dark environments.
The sensor also supports 30 frames per second filmed at 6K resolution.
Last June, Samsung introduced an upgraded pixel isolation technology, the ISOCELL Plus. GM2, like GW1, adopts DCG as well for added performance and Super PD for fast autofocus.
Given the high-resolution 108MP camera system is widely-tipped to be one of the headline features in the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S11, it's really unusual to see the Samsung-designed system make its debut in a rival handset.
These new products expand the South Korean giant's 0.8μm sensor lineup that had previously peaked at 20MP with the Isocell Slim 3T2 - the world's smallest image sensor, at just 5.1mm, which was revealed in January. In fact, it's rumored that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will be the first device to pack Samsung's new sensor.
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