Xiaomi smartphones have already shipped with 48MP sensors, but the best is yet to come from the manufacturer. Sometime back, the well-known tipster Ice Universe alleged that Samsung’s 64MP sensor will make its debut in China with a Xiaomi Redmi phone and now the guys at XDA Developers have found some code snippets in the MIUI camera app that lends some weight to that rumor.
Xiaomi MIUI Camera App Reveals the Term 64MP Sensor That’s to Be Used in a Future Device
The Chinese firm is always vying to offer the best of the technology to its consumer, so it is hardly surprising that it now wants to use Samsung’s latest sensor. XDA Developers reports that a reference for a 64MP “ultra-pixel” mode has been found in the MIUI Camera app in the Redmi K20 Pro running the MIUI 10 version 9.6.17 (China Developer ROM). The code snippets also mention “64MP DUAL CAMERA” as the watermark text for images.
Samsung announced its ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor back in May and it is currently the only sensor in the market to offer a resolution of 64MP. It uses Samsung’s Tetracell technology to combine four pixels into one and in decent lighting conditions, the sensor is able to take advantage of Dual Conversion Gain and the remosaic algorithm to create 64MP images. In low light images, the sensor can churn out images with 16MP resolutions. This sensor also supports real-time HDR of up to 100dB.
Previously it was being assumed that the Samsung Galaxy A70s would be the first phone to come with this sensor. However, this phone is not expected to come before July, which means that the rumored Xiaomi 64MP smartphone might be unveiled sometime soon in China. It is unclear which model which first take advantage of the sensor but since is expected to be high-end imaging hardware, it could be found in the Mi MIX 4, a flagship that Xiaomi is expected to announce later in the year.
Samsung’s 64MP sensor can soon become the holy grail of smartphone imaging in the market and in the second half of the year, we might see more handsets take advantage of it. However, it’s worth mentioning that Samsung will keep the sensor limited to its mid-range phones for now, before possibly including it in its flagship phones next year, which could be the Galaxy S11.
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News Source: XDA Developers