Samsung launches first 64Mp image sensor for smartphones

Samsung has launched 64MP and 48MP image sensors, which will power flagship smartphones launching in the second half of the year.

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Samsung has launched 64-Mp and 48-Mp image sensors aimed at smartphones launching in the fall. 

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Samsung Electronics has launched 64-mp and 48mp image sensors aimed at smartphones launching in the fall.

The Isocell Bright GW1 is 64MP and the Isocell Bright GM2 is 48MP, with both sensors being 0.8μm in size like their predecessors. 

Both sensors have the company's proprietary Isocell Plus technology that reduces light leakage, as well as Tetracell technology which uses four pixels like one to allow for better photos to be taken in dark environments.

The sensors also have a dual conversion gain feature that reduces noise and increases color accuracy. The GW1 also supports 480fps Full HD slow motion filming and will have High Dynamic Range.

The South Korean tech giant launched the 48MP Isocell Bright GM1 and 32MP Isocell Bright GD1 back in October last year, which are used in the Galaxy S10 series smartphones.

Image sensors have proven to be lucrative for Samsung's System LSI business as more smartphones use triple-camera set-ups. Handset vendors are also pushing full-screen designs requiring smaller sensors.

The new offering will almost certainly power the Galaxy Note 10 series smartphones that are expected to launch in the second half of 2019. The sensors will also allow Samsung to compete with Japanese rival Sony, the market leader, as Chinese clients have historically been the fastest to adopt multi-camera set-ups.

At a media briefing in Seoul, executive vice president of Samsung's sensor business Yongin Park, said the company is also looking into new applications for sensors for autonomous vehicles going forward.

Samsung announced in April that it will invest 133 trillion won by 2030 to become global top in logic chips.

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