Samsung today announced a new 43.7 MP (7968 × 5480) mobile image sensor, ISOCELL Slim GH1. Using what the company calls ISOCELL Plus technology, the sensor is the first to operate with 0.7 μm pixels. This is the obvious smallest pixel size in the industry and continues innovative forms of Samsung in this space; The manufacturer was the first to produce an image sensor with 1.0μm pixels in 2015. In 2017 and 2018, Samsung presented image sensors with pixel sizes of 0.9 µm and 0.8 µm respectively. With the smaller size of this image sensor, phone manufacturers can continue to reduce frame sizes and increase the screen-to-body ratio of their phones.
The above-mentioned ISOCELL Plus technology allows the new Samsung sensor to produce pixels so small and still collect enough light information to, according to the manufacturer’s words, “produce bright, vivid photographs. In low light conditions, the sensor uses Tetracell Technology to combine pixels, create a 10.9 MP image and increase light sensitivity to a level found in image sensors with 1.4 μm pixels When it comes to video, ISOCELL Slim GH1 can produce video 4K (3,840 × 2,160) at 60 fps.
In May, Samsung introduced the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 64 MP sensor with a pixel size of 0.8 µm. Last month, it announced a 108 MP image sensor, the first made for mobile devices with a three-digit megapixel number. Even that sensor had a pixel size of 0.8 µm.
“Samsung has been stepping up in pixel technology innovation from the industry’s first 1.0μm-pixel image sensor, to most recently, 0.8μm ultra-high-resolution sensors at 64MP and 108MP. We are pleased to deliver yet another breakthrough with the industry’s first 0.7μm pixel image sensor, the ISOCELL Slim GH1 that will enable sleeker and more streamlined designs as well as excellent imaging experiences in tomorrow’s smartphones.”- Yongin Park, executive vice president, sensors, Samsung Electronics
The GW1 sensor supports electronic image stabilization (EIS) technology and phase detection autofocus. Samsung plans to produce the image sensor by the end of 2019.
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