It seems that the Quad Bayer filter smartphone camera sensors will stay in the market for a longer period. The Quad Bayer pixel structure comes with a specific sensor pixel layout which allows three distinct modes. The modes are normal, quad – binning and two – exposures HDR. This technology is found in Huawei P20 Pro and Honor View 20. With its introduction, it has made much noise in the market as it got publicized by the OEMs in their media communications.
Alongside, Samsung has announced that on 12th August, Samsung’s camera division will be launching a 108MP camera sensor. It seems that the timeline got revised in the meanwhile.
Last month, it was rumored that Samsung will be launching a 108MP camera sensor in 2020. Even a couple of days ago, a renowned leaker shared a slide from an internal presentation which showed Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship handset, Mi Max 4 will be housing a Samsung ISOCELL camera sensor.
If Xiaomi maintains its Mi Mix handset launch timeline then at least in China, the first handset sporting a 108MP camera sensor will be released this year. It is still not clear what camera sensor size we are going to get with this device but Samsung is going to unveil its 108MP sensor within the next 2 days.
— Samsung ISOCELL (@samsungisocell) 9 August 2019
It seems that the classical megapixel war of the past few years is over now and the new war is all about who can create the biggest and best Quad Bayer array. The 108-megapixel camera sensor will shoot using pixel binning at 27MP resolution. So far, Quad Bayer sensors were designed to shoot at 1/4 of its native resolution, i.e. turning 4 pixels into one pixel.
The upcoming Mi Mix 4 is expected to launch soon with this ISOCELL camera sensor. Will see the camera performance and more detail about the sensor that will be revealed officially by Samsung on August 12. Stay tuned!