If you think 108 MP resolution on a smartphone camera is too much, Samsung doesn’t agree with you. Samsung R&D is working on a 150 MP camera sensor for an upcoming smartphone. The new sensor by Samsung is based on the Nonacell (9 in 1) technology used on ISOCELL Bright HM1 Sensor, which was used on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The sensor used on the Galaxy S20 Ultra was a 108MP Sensor. The proprietary technology uses 9 in 1 pixel binning to get better quality high-resolution images.
Although there is no official confirmation from Samsung, a report from Taiwan has been published on South Korea forums Client suggesting the development of this new sensor. The 150 MP sensor will be of 1-inch in size which is bigger than the 1/1.33-inch ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor that Samsung introduced on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Samsung might supply this sensor in limited quantity to other OEMs like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo. We can expect phones from these manufacturers to feature 150 MP camera soon. Because this sensor is developed with great efforts, do not expect it to come in anything less than Flagship models from the phone makers. Xiaomi has revealed that fans can expect a 150 MP camera smartphone in a flagship to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2020. However, Oppo and Vivo might bring this sensor only from the first quarter of 2021 along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875.
There is a high chance that Samsung let Chinese manufacturers use the sensor first before bringing it into one of their Flagships unlike the ISOCELL Bright HM1 108 MP sensor used exclusively on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The other 108 MP camera phones like the Mi CC9 Pro uses ISOCELL HMX 108 MP sensor and not the HM1.
Both ISOCELL Bright HM1 and ISOCELL HMX produce a 12-MP image using pixel -binning technology in the 108 MP camera. Whereas, the upcoming 150 MP camera sensor could create 16-MP images by default using the same technique of pixel binning and combine nine pixels into one using the Nonacell technology