Samsung is reportedly working on a new camera for its smartphones that will blow away the competition. The camera, which could appear in the Galaxy Note 6, will be more like a stand-alone camera than a smartphone snapper.

Samsung has quietly been moving staff and resources from its NX camera division to its smartphone team for some time now. The result, according to Photo Rumours' sources, is a new smartphone camera that will pack in a 1/1.7-inch sensor.

At the moment the team is working on a new 1/2.3-inch sensor that will work with an f/1.4 aperture. That aperture alone should mean a hefty 17 per cent more light allowed into the sensor. Then on top of that there is the fact the sensor will be bigger, meaning even more light detected.

Baring in mind how good the Galaxy S7 camera already is, that's a big jump. This should make for excellent low light and fast moving scene photography.

So the plans to aim for a 1/1.7-inch sensor, with between 18 and 24-megapixels, are very exciting indeed. Don't expect to see this later version until next year at the earliest. But in the short term we may see the 1/2.3-inch sensor with f/1.4 aperture in the Galaxy Note 6 soon.

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