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Samsung introduces new image sensor for Xiaomi's smartphone

Consumer Electronics 11:41 August 12, 2019

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday introduced a new mobile image sensor with a resolution equivalent to that of a "high-end DSLR camera" to be used in Xiaomi's upcoming high-end smartphones.

Samsung said its 108-megapixel sensor, called ISOCELL Bright HMX, is the first mobile image sensor in the industry to go beyond 100 million pixels, with its mass production scheduled for later this month.

The new image sensor produces vivid photos even in dark settings, with its mechanism using a high ISO to create clearer pictures, according to Samsung.

The South Korean tech giant said it has collaborated with Xiaomi to develop the high-resolution sensor for the Chinese firm's high-end smartphones.

"For ISOCELL Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted in a groundbreaking 108-megapixel image sensor," Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi, said in a release. "We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones."

The Chinese smartphone maker said last week it will use Samsung's 64-megapixel image sensor in an upcoming Redmi phone, teasing an upcoming 100-megapixel ultra high-resolution camera.

Samsung is the global smartphone leader and Xiaomi is the world's fourth-largest, but they are neck and neck in major Asian markets, including India.

Image sensor shipments by Japan's Sony accounted for 27 percent of the global market last year, trailed by Samsung's 24.5 percent, according to Japanese research firm Techno System Research.

Samsung Electronics Co.'s new mobile image sensor, ISOCELL Bright HMX, is shown in this photo provided by the chip maker on Aug. 12, 2019. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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