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Samsung's 108-megapixel camera sensor arrives at smartphones soon

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Samsung's 108-megapixel camera sensor arrives at smartphones soon 

The first mobile phone sensor exceeds 100 million pixels

the company announced a new sensor with more than 50 percent of pixels
Designed in collaboration with Xiaomi, the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX is a 108-megapixel smartphone camera sensor that Samsung says is the first to exceed 100 million pixels for phones

In addition to producing high-resolution photographs, the sensor can also shoot video at 6K (6016×3384) at 30 fps.

In fact, you are unlikely to need a high-resolution image, so the sensor is also capable of producing high-quality 27-megapixel images by combining groups of four pixels into a single image. 

This results in a lower resolution image in general, but it should mean that it is brighter, which helps low-light performance. 

At the same time, the sensor is also equipped with what Samsung calls its "Smart-ISO" technology, which will automatically adjust the sensor's ISO levels to compensate for bright or low-light environments.

27-megapixel photos are the default image

Neither Samsung nor Xiaomi have declared that the phone is the primary to use this sensing element.

However, the large size 1/1.33 inches, which Engadget notes about three-quarters of the size of the 1-inch sensor found in the Sony RX100 VII compact camera, means it may not be perfect for every smartphone out there.

Samsung has not yet announced the first phone to use the new sensor, but one tipster has indicated that the phone Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 may be the first. 

With the sensor expected to enter mass production later this month, we can see the first phone it uses before the end of the year.

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