this is the huge sensor that the Xiaomi 12S Ultra will release

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While Samsung is betting on the megapixel war, with sensors such as the 1/1.12-inch 200 MP ISOCELL HP1, Sony is promoting a different strategy with the presentation of the IMX989, the first one inch and 50 MP specifically designed for mobile phones.

Xiaomi has announced that the new Sony sensor will debut in the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, a mobile that will be presented along with the other devices in its family on July 4, and that it will arrive with a photographic system signed by the renowned manufacturer Leica.

However, this is not the first time that the Japanese have supplied one-inch sensors to mobile manufacturers. Do you remember the Xperia Pro-1? This device, known to be a “compact camera-phone hybrid”, adopted a one-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor, but this it is based on the RX100 VII used in compact cameras.

Xiaomi, for its part, will not become the first brand to bet on one-inch sensors. The Sharp Aquos R6, introduced in 2021, has a rear camera with this feature, the Aquos R7 and the Leitz Phone 1 They also followed in his footsteps. And what do all these models have in common? They use the “old” Sony sensors.

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From the war of megapixels to the battle of sensors

But the Japanese company is not alone in this field. The South Koreans recently launched their most advanced sensor, the ISOCELL HP3 1/1.4 in. It is a proposal of 200 MP intended for high-end mobiles. It has the smallest pixel size in the industry, at just 0.56μm, and Tetra 2 Pixel Binning technology that combines four pixels into one larger pixel and merges them back together to create a “super pixel”.

Sony’s IMX989, on the other hand, is a sensor that achieves a 50 MP maximum resolution and has a pixel size of about 1.5 μm. Thanks to its size, it relies less on pixel binning and AI gimmicks to produce the image. This, in general terms, should offer better results in photography and video.

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With these proposals on the table, the evolution of mobile device cameras becomes more than interesting. Who will be the winner of the contest? For now, we have to wait for the new devices to start arriving on the market. On the Sony side, the IMX989 will arrive at Xiaomi 12S Ultra. On the Samsung side we have no official news, but rumors indicate that the ISOCELL HP1 will debut in the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

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While Samsung is betting on the megapixel war, with sensors such as the 1/1.12-inch 200 MP ISOCELL HP1, Sony is…

While Samsung is betting on the megapixel war, with sensors such as the 1/1.12-inch 200 MP ISOCELL HP1, Sony is…

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