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Shown above is a 200-megapixel image sensor, called the ISOCELL HP2, developed by Samsung Electronics. Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Tech giant develops 200-megapixel image sensor

South Korean chipmaker Samsung Electronics announced on Feb. 17 that it had developed a 200-megapixel image sensor, called the ISOCELL HP2, for premium smartphones.

Samsung said that the new image sensor’s unique technology would allow consumers to savor far higher resolutions in top-end handsets without using larger camera bumps.

The Seoul-based tech giant also noted that the HP2 would add more versatility to the camera because it was designed to stimulate different pixel sizes to accommodate varying lighting levels.

To be disclosed on Feb. 1 in the United States, Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S23 series is expected to come with the new image sensor, although the company has yet to confirm it.

As the teaser of the Feb. 1 event showed the rear camera and flash, observers estimated that the new Samsung phone would be armed with advanced camera features with a high resolution.

Samsung’s previous model of the Galaxy S22 series in 2022 was equipped with 108-megapixel cameras. This compares to the Apple iPhone 14 Pro model with 48-megapixel cameras, which debuted the same year.

“The Samsung ISOCELL HP2 harnesses Samsung’s high-resolution image sensor technologies and know-how at the cutting edge for epic details,” Samsung Executive Vice President Yim Joon-seo said.

“Our leadership comes from innovative pixel technologies that allow our sensors to go beyond the number and size of pixels. We will continue to open new horizons and solidify our presence in the expanding ultra-high-resolution sensor market.”

The semiconductor market has struggled of late because fewer consumers purchased digital devices. But experts predict that the demand for advanced image sensors will stay strong.

“The top-end smartphones compete to accommodate high-resolution, high-quality camera images,” HMC Investment & Securities research head Greg Roh said.

“This means that the demand for high-performance cameras will go up, which will make corporations buy more advanced image sensors.”

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