Two Samsung's ISOCELL BRIGHT GW1
The ISOCELL BRIGHT GW1 is the highest resolution smartphone sensor in the world. Image courtesy Samsung.

With the launch of the ISOCELL BRIGHT GW1 —the largest resolution smartphone camera sensor in the world, Samsung becomes the leader of the smartphone resolution race.

The ISOCELL Bright GW1 is the first ever 64-megapixel sensor for smartphones. How does it achieve such a high resolution? Well, during normal use, the Bright GW1 will work as a 16-megapixel sensor. It will merge four pixels into one, essentially making it into a 16-megapixel sensor. When this is done, the effective pixel area quadruples and you’ll end up capturing much sharper pictures in low light than you normally would with a smartphone.

Samsung's ISOCELL BRIGHT GW1
Samsung’s ISOCELL BRIGHT GW1. Image courtesy Samsung.

“Over the past few years, mobile phone cameras have become the main instrument for recording and sharing our everyday moments,” said Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics. “With more pixels and advanced pixel technologies, Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 will bring a new level of photography to today’s sleekest mobile devices that will enhance and help change the way we record our daily lives.”

The Bright GW1 still works as a 64-megapixel sensor

The GW1 will also let smartphones read out the entire sensor. So, you’ll be able to use the full 64-megapixel images in well-lit conditions. This is an improvement over Samsung’s current 48-megapixel sensor technology. Its 48-megapixel doesn’t have the ability to have read out for the entire sensor. Also, Samsung is releasing a full 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2 to use in daylight.

When are we going to see their sensors implemented into smartphones?

We can expect to see Samsung to start producing this sensor in the second half of 2019. It’s possible we can see the first 64-megapixel in the Galaxy Note 10. That’s releasing in August or September this year if release dates line up with Samsung’s release history. All we can say for sure now is Samsung is currently leading the smartphone resolution race.

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