Samsung Has 108 Megapixels in One Mobile Image Sensor

Samsung Electronics has new 108 megapixel (Mp) Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX, the first mobile image sensor in the industry to go beyond 100 million pixels. With the latest addition, Samsung will expand its 0.8μm image sensor offerings from its recently announced ultra-high 64Mp to 108Mp, a resolution equivalent to that of a high-end DSLR camera. Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX is a one-of-a-kind mobile image sensor and is the result of close collaboration between Xiaomi Corp. and Samsung.

With over 100 million effective pixels enabling extremely sharp photographs rich in detail, the ISOCELL Bright HMX also produces exceptional photos even in extreme lighting conditions. Being the first mobile image sensor to adopt a large 1/1.33-inch size, the HMX can absorb more light in low-lit settings than smaller sensors and its pixel-merging Tetracell technology allows the sensor to imitate big-pixel sensors, producing brighter 27Mp images.

Huawei has over 100 megapixels in a smartphone but they used multiple sensors. The Huawei P30 uses three 40 megapixel sensors.

Xiaomi has used Samsung sensors for a 64-megapixel camera and will use the new 108-megapixel sensor in a new smartphone.

SOURCES- Samsung
Written By Alvin Wang,

3 thoughts on “Samsung Has 108 Megapixels in One Mobile Image Sensor”

  1. At these kinds of mega-pixels I imagine the bottleneck for sharper images isn’t the sensor, its probably the lens.

  2. Yah… at 0.8 µm/pixel × 12,500 pixels → 10,000 µm → 10 mm → 1 cm wide. Less in the other direction. 

    Thing is, if we “never mind all the pixels, what can it do?”, then it seems ideal for implementing remarkable amounts of “digital zoom” and also if sub-frames are fast enough (say 500 Hz?), an equally impressive amount of anti-shake across the board. 

    Thing (№ 2) is, that if the chip is ever asked tho’ to deliver all 100 megapixels to the camera proper, there is going to be a substantial amount of processing just to get that image into a reasonable JPEG or other compact format.  

    Now, mark my words: the TELECOM companies are going to push-push-push this thing, because it will totally eat up the gigabytes per month for an average user. That in turn will “churn” the sin-tax of overusing one’s account. Sad, but true. 

    Just saying,
    GoatGuy ✓

  3. That’s going to be rather hard to fit into a phone, unless they completely change the form factor.

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