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Samsung’s ISOCELL Slim GH1 sensor brings an end to camera bumps

Most phones these days sport a camera bump with only a handful of devices having a completely flat camera housing. Samsung wants to eliminate those bumps a lot of us detest. Today, it has announced the ISOCELL Slim GH1, the industry’s first 0.7μm-pixel mobile image sensor.

Samsung’s ISOCELL Slim GH1 sensor brings an end to camera bumps

Samsung says the ISOCELL Slim GH1 is designed for slim full-display smartphones thanks to its small profile. The 43.7MP sensor will allow manufacturers to be able to design slimmer and sleeker devices.

The small 0.7μm pixels of the sensor are able to absorb sufficient light for bright and sharp images thanks to Samsung’s ISOCELL Plus technology. ISOCELL Plus uses Samsung’s Pixel Isolation technology to minimize color cross-talk and optical loss. While in low-light environments, the sensor uses “pixel-merging Teracell technology that enables higher light sensitivity that is equivalent to a 1.4μm image sensor”.

The sensor has a resolution of 7968 x 5480 and can record 4K videos without cropping out the field of view. Samsung says the sensor converts to 3984 x 2740 which is higher than 4K (3840 x 2160), hence, it is able to capture more details when recording at 60T frames per second.

The Samsung ISOCELL Slim GH1 also supports EIS, PDAF, Super PD, and real-time HDR for fast and accurate autofocus and sharper images respectively.

Samsung says it will begin mass production of the sensor by the end of the year, so we expect it to appear in devices by the beginning of 2020.

Samsung has announced some major sensors in the past year. First, it announced the 48MP ISOCELL GM1 present in a lot of mid-range phones. Then the 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 and the 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM2 followed in May. In August, it announced the 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX which is present in the newly announced Mi MIX Alpha.

We can’t wait to see Samsung’s financial report when the year ends.

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