Recently Samsung has announced a new image sensor for mobile phones. This image sensor has a higher resolution than anything comparable on the market. The ISOCELL Bright GW1 is a 64-megapixel sensor and Samsung’s current 48-megapixel component uses the same 0.8μm-sized pixels, meaning it’ll be a physically larger sensor that can capture more light overall.
Samsung’s new sensor will able to descramble the color filter for full-resolution 64-megapixel shots in good light. The Bright GW1 will produce 16-megapixel images by merging four pixels into one. Sony’s IMX586 48-megapixel sensor has a similar capability, but Samsung’s doesn’t; Korean company has announced an updated 48-megapixel part that offers the same feature.
Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and others have 48-megapixel cameras. Samsung expects its 64-megapixel part to go into mass production in the second half of this year, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the feature show up on spec sheets for late-2019 flagships — particularly if image sensor market leader Sony follows suit.