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Samsung announces a 108MP smartphone sensor

Dubbed the Isocell Bright HMX, the sensor is said to boast DSLR-level image quality, with video recording resolutions up to 6K, and stronger low light capabilities.

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On Monday, Samsung Electronics announced the launch of its 108-megapixel Isocell Bright HMX smartphone image sensor, which its spokespersons have claimed is the first to go beyond a 100 megapixels, and equivalent to that of a high-end DSLR camera.

Reported to be the South Korean tech giant's collaboration between Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, the sensor boasts a large 1/1.33-inch size, with lossless video recording at up to 6K, a high-ISO tech that allows reduced noise, and a strong low-light capability.

“For Isocell Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted in a groundbreaking 108Mp image sensor. We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones,” Xiaomi's co-founder and president of Xiaomi Lin Bin said in a statement. “As we continue our partnership, we anticipate bringing not only new mobile camera experiences but also a platform through which our users can create unique content.”

“Samsung is continuously pushing for innovations in pixel and logic technologies to engineer our Isocell image sensors to capture the world as close to how our eyes perceive them,” Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics said, adding to the conversation. “Through close collaboration with Xiaomi, ISOCELL Bright HMX is the first mobile image sensor to pack over 100 million pixels and delivers unparalleled colour reproduction and stunning detail with advanced Tetracell and Isocell Plus technology.”