Xiaomi is working on a 108-megapixel sensor. The Next Web reported that “the company has announced that it will become the first manufacturer to use Samsung’s brand new 108-megapixel-megapixel ISOCELL sensor.” The report claimed that the highest resolution of an image from this sensor will be a mountainous 12,032 x 9,024.
Xiaomi India’s Vice President and Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain also tweeted, corroborating the past reports. He said, “WHOA! #100MP camera. Yes, we’ve been working on 100MP camera flagship phone! Beginning of 2019, we launched #48MP, & today all flagships use it. We’ll soon disrupt the market again with #64MP camera. And then #100MP.”
WHOA! #100MP camera ?
Yes, we've been working on 100MP camera flagship phone!
And then #100MP ?
— #MiFan Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 7, 2019
MIUI’ Mi is also preparing its Gallery app to support viewing 108MP photos in full resolution. But, the support is added only for devices which are codenamed ‘tucana’, ‘draco’, ‘umi’ and ‘cmi’. These codenames belong to phones that are yet to be announced.
The sensor in question will be Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. But just the ability to view images clicked by a 108MP sensor isn’t complete proof that all four of these phones will support capturing 108MP photos. If you might remember, Xiaomi didn’t allow full zoom in the gallery application but as the 48MP phone was launched, the Gallery app has now gained the ability to zoom into the full size of the photo.
According to XDA developers, Xiaomi is working on four smartphones which will sport 108-megapixel primary rear camera. They claim that they have found “evidence that suggests that several devices from Xiaomi will come with the 108MP sensor, likely to be the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor.”
Samsung says the sensor can absorb more light in low-light settings than smaller sensors, thanks to its pixel-merging Tetracell technology. The sensor imitates big-pixel sensors and produces brighter 27MP images.
Sources suggest that one of these four handsets might be the Mi Mix 4. Also, Xiaomi will become the first phone maker to use this sort of tech. Although, it is rumored that Samsung might include it in its next line of A-series Galaxy phones. Only time will paint a clearer picture!