Samsung Electronics has unveiled two new image sensors that could revolutionise smartphone cameras - possibly even the one on the Samsung Galaxy S10.

The Samsung Isocell Bright GM1 and GD1 sensors utilise 0.8-micrometer pixels to provide 48-megapixel and 32-megapixel arrays respectively in form factors small enough for smartphone camera units.

That means future Samsung (and other branded) phones could sport cameras up to 48-megapixels. Including the Galaxy S10.

And with a third, cheaper handset expected to join the Galaxy S10 and S10+ next year, maybe that could even have a 32-megapixel camera.


We've had smartphones with high megapixel cameras before, but they have traditionally struggled with image quality in low light conditions. The smaller the pixel the less light it can read. However, Samsung Electronics claims its new sensors can adjust to perform as well in low light as standard 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel 1.6μm-pixel image sensors respectively, by using Tetracell technology to use four of the new pixels to work the same as one on a current sensor.

Then, in better light, the camera can cleverly revert to using the increased pixel count.

Samsung's Isocell Bright GM1 and GD1 sensors will enter full production before the end of 2018, making one or both ideal candidates for use in the company's next flagship phones.