As smartphone technology continues to expand one of the main drawbacks is the annoying camera bump. Samsung Electronics has developed an ultra-slim image sensor for smartphones as well as IoT devices which will have two new ISOCELL image sensors.
The ISOCELL Fast 2L9 has Dual Pixel technology and ultra-small 0.9μm 24Mp ISOCELL Slim 2X7 with Tetracell technology. The auto-focusing is extremely fast and each pixel will contain two photodiodes instead of one which will improve the object detection and tracking.
The Portrait mode feature which is used to enhance bokeh, aka blurred backgrounds, will also be improved as a result of the new Dual Pixel technology.
The Fast 2L9 and Slim 2X7 has smaller pixels than their predecessors. However, the Slim 2X7 sensor is the first sensor that has pixels below 1μm. The Slim 2X7 has a 24MP sensor which most likely will be used for rear-facing cameras on smartphones in the near future.
The Fast 2L9 has a 12MP sensor which most likely will be used for the selfie cameras or a potential secondary rear camera.
Ben Hur who is vice president of System LSI Marketing for Samsung Electronics stated: “ISOCELL Fast 2L9 and ISOCELL Slim 2X7 are new image sensors that fully utilize Samsung’s advanced pixel technology, and are highly versatile as they can be placed in both front and rear of a smartphone.”
If these new image sensors are a success then many smartphone manufacturers will adopt them in the near future. These sensors will not have the camera bump that most smartphones have located at the back of the phone. So the phone will become thinner as a result of using these sensors.
The picture quality on premium smartphones today are amazing. However, while the cameras continue to improve we’ve seen very little improvement in the battery.
Many people would prefer to have a more powerful battery in their smartphone that does not increase the thickness of the phone rather than these new sensors. Please let me know your thoughts about this in the comment section below.