- Samsungâ€™s Galaxy S20 Ultra follow-up will reportedly include a 108MP camera.
- It would use an updated sensor, however.
- This could overcome complaints about the S20 Ultraâ€™s performance.
The 108MP camera in the Galaxy S20 Ultra and (to a lesser extent) Note 20 Ultra has drawn flak for slow focusing and sometimes-soft pictures, but Samsung might not be giving up on the concept quite so quickly.
Well-known leaker Ice Universe has claimed the S20 Ultra sequel will also include an 108MP rear sensor. It wouldnâ€™t be the same ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor found in the S20 Ultra or Note 20 Ultra, however â€” youâ€™d instead find a â€œsuccessorâ€� to the HM1.
Galaxy S21 Ultraï¼ŒStill 108MP, the sensor is the successor to HM1
â€” Ice universe (@UniverseIce) August 19, 2020
Itâ€™s not certain what that updated sensor would include, although it wouldnâ€™t be surprising if Samsung addressed focusing speed and other gripes with the HM1.
The S20 Ultra successor is still months away, so we wouldnâ€™t count on an upgraded sensor despite Ice Universeâ€™s general reputation as a source (donâ€™t expect an S21 naming scheme, either). Last-minute design changes and production problems could affect the release.
Still, it wouldnâ€™t be surprising if Samsung continued using a 108MP sensor for its 2021 flagships. The massive number of megapixels serves as a selling point, of course, but it also offers high levels of detail and zoom (really, cropping) that donâ€™t always require telephoto lenses. Itâ€™s a way for Samsung to stand out in a market where even budget phones like Googleâ€™s Pixel 4a can produce exceptional photos.
This would also represent a second chance for Samsung. The tech giant has rolled out multiple updates meant to improve the S20 Ultraâ€™s camera without much success. If the new sensor solves key issues where software didnâ€™t, it could make the case that Samsung had the right idea with its 108MP camera and just needed better execution.
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