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Samsung's New 200 MP Sensor May Feature in the Galaxy S25 Ultra

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Apart from manufacturing great smartphones, Samsung is also known to roll out imaging sensors that are utilized by other brands. The South Koreans will debut three new sensors, of which among them may end up in its upcoming camera phones including the Galaxy S25 (Ultra) and Galaxy Z Flip 6.

New 200 MP telephoto sensor

The camera sensor trio is headlined by an ISOCELL HP9. It boasts a 200 MP resolution with a 0.56-micrometer pixel size and a 1/1.4-inch sensor size. Samsung claims the sensor is 12 percent more sensitive to light and 10 percent better in autofocus contrast compared to its predecessor.

Samsung's ISOCELL HP9 was primarily designed to be utilized in a telephoto camera and supports tetra pixel binning technology. This can produce images in 12 MP resolution by combining 16 pixels into one, which should result in sharper images. There's also an in-sensor zoom of 2x and 4x while it can be used in tandem with a telephoto lens for extended zoom levels of up to 12x.

New Samsung ISOCELL imaging sensors
Samsung introduces its new ISOCELL sensors: 200 MP HP9, 50 MP GNJ, 50 MP JN5. / © Samsung

Surprisingly, the sensor is already found in the Vivo X100 Ultra, which is used with the handset's periscope module. Samsung has not confirmed if the 200 MP sensor will find its way to its upcoming camera phones, but if this were to happen, the most probable candidate would be next year's Galaxy S25 Ultra.

With the current Galaxy S24 Ultra (review) sporting a dated 10 MP 3x telephoto camera, it might make sense for Samsung to adopt the 200 MP ISOCELL HP9 in the Galaxy S25 Ultra. Eventually, the new sensor might provide it with a significantly better 3x telephoto snapper while the remaining setup will be composed of 0.5x, 1x, and 5x capabilities.

New primary shooter for the Galaxy S25?

Samsung will also introduce a new 50 MP ISOCELL GNJ, which is a dual-pixel sensor with a size that spans 1/1.57-inch wide while boasting a 1.0-micrometer pixel size. The dual-pixel design allows for faster and more accurate focus and improved power efficiency when shooting video. Meanwhile, the new sensor layer is said to reduce unwanted reflections and offers better light handling.

So which Galaxy camera phones the ISOCELL GNJ could debut in? It's likely to arrive in the company in high-end and flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S25. It will also not be surprising if the forthcoming Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6 will feature the said sensor.

A better selfie camera

The ISOCELL JN5 is another 50 MP sensor from the trio. However, unlike on the GNJ, this is a slimmer and more compact version which comes in a 1/2.76-inch sensor size and 0.64-micrometer pixels. Due to its form factor, it's intended to be utilized in the selfie, ultra-wide, or telephoto cameras rather than a main shooter.

While the ISOCELL JN5 is a successor to the ISOCELL JN1 in terms of featuring the same resolution and size, the new sensor offers enhanced low-light shooting by reducing noise in images. In addition, it carries over Samsung's Super Quad Phase Detection for less blurry shots.

Which one of these sensors would you like to see in your smartphone? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Samsung

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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