Future smartphones from Samsung and other manufacturers may be thinner than ever without constraints from a chunky camera model. That’s because Samsung has announced its thinnest ever smartphone camera, the 200MP ISOCELL HP3 sensor.
You may remember this is the same module we reported on back in May. At the time, Samsung was teasing its breakthrough in camera technology with a huge poster of a cat taken with the 200MP lens.
With its full announcement, Samsung is now expanding on the specs for the camera. Specifically, it is the smallest 200MP lens not just from the South Korean company but from the industry as a whole. Samsung points out it has cut the surface areas of the model by 20% compared to the next nearest.
That means Samsung and other OEMs using the technology will be able to create premium smartphones that are much thinner than current models. While batteries and other components contribute to the thickness of a device, the camera module is the most obtrusive component traditionally.
The Samsung ISOCELL HP3 boasts a 1/1.4” format sensor with 200MP. Furthermore, the company says the module provides faster and more accurate auto-focus. This is because of the Super QPD that the company uses.
Other technical details include the ISOCELL HP3 functioning over one lens that covers four adjacent pixels. Essentially, this means that phase detection works both vertically and horizontally. As for output, the camera runs up to 8K at 30 FPS or 4K at 120 FPS when recording video.
Samsung also taps into Tetra2 technology to combine four or 16 pixels into one larger pixel to enhance low light performance.
Expect the ISOCELL HP3 to land on smartphones sometime in 2023.
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