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Galaxy S7: Samsung in Talks With Sony For 12MP Camera Modules With Dual-PD (Dual-Photodiode) Technology

We’ve covered varying rumors on the Samsung Galaxy S7, which include the likely processor the phone might feature after it’s officially announced. As we draw closer to the end of this year, more details on the much-anticipated update of the Galaxy series continue to surface; they, however, remain speculation, but nonetheless, it’s our job to bring you all the latest updates.

According to SamMobile, this year’s Galaxy S6 series featured two different main camera sensors. The report revealed that both, an ISOCELL sensor from Samsung and an IMX240 from Sony were used with the S6.

We are unsure why Samsung decided to go with two entirely different sensors and it raises the question of whether the Korean giant was trying to cut costs as both sensors perform differently.

In my opinion, the IMX240 is a tad better than the ISOCELL; however, this should not dissuade you from getting the S6 if it’s the smartphone you have your eyes on.

Below are  a few pictures comparing the quality of images taken with two Galaxy S6s both with different sensors:

samsung gs6 isocell

Samsung’s ISOCELL

sony imx240

Sony’s IMX240

samsung isocell and sony imx240

However, the fact remains that both sensors were used with the S6 series and we will be talking about that which is expected to be featured in the upcoming Galaxy S7.

It was disclosed recently on an anonymous Weibo account that Samsung was in talks with Sony for a camera sensor for the Galaxy S7.

Allegedly, the camera will have a sensor size of 1/2 with a megapixel count of 12, produced by Sony.

The imaging unit will be equipped with dual-PD (dual-photodiode) technology and this latest camera iteration is expected to be Sony’s yet-to-be-announced IMX300 sensor.

The one notable advantage of the new sensor is a much bigger individual pixel size than those of the commonly featured 20MP and 16MP shooters in today’s flagships that come with the respective micro sizes of 1.12 dots and 1.2 dots.

It is also expected that Sony will be putting the aforementioned camera technology into mass production early December in preparation for the Galaxy S7 which is expected to unveil in January 2016.

Although earlier reports suggested that the S7 will come with Dual Camera tech; this sudden move strays quite far from that, but we are fairly certain that Samsung’s upcoming flagship will have one of the best cameras to be found in smartphones for 2016.

Like you, we’re also going to be waiting for official details on the Galaxy S7 to be released, and we will update you as soon as we know more. For now, you can comment below and share your thoughts on the upcoming successor to the Galaxy S6.

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