Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of rumours involving the yet to be announced Samsung Galaxy S7. Now, the Korean tech giant suggests that its new flagship will sport a camera sensor with a larger megapixel count. Despite this it will be thinner than the sensor on board the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Thinner 20-megapixel sensor
Past rumours claimed that Samsung was testing various camera setups for the Galaxy S7. Some of them are said to be dual camera setups, while some are said to sport larger megapixel counts. Now, Samsung (PDF) has just revealed that it has developed a new 20-megapixel camera sensor. With the Korean tech giant rumoured to lift the lid on its new flagship sooner than expected, it would make sense for this new camera sensor to make its debut on board the Galaxy S7.
Going back to the new sensor, it is a 20-megapixel sensor that measures 1/2.6″ and has 1.0 micron-sized pixels. It boasts reduced power draw, since it is made under Samsung’s 28 nm process. The S6 and S6 Edge sport a 16-megapixel sensor with 1.2 micron-sized pixels made under the company’s 65 nm process. It also sports a new RWB colour pattern for enhancing light sensitivity and improving the signal to noise ratio in low-light conditions. Another benefit of reducing the size and power draw of the sensor is that Samsung can now made smartphone with the said sensor on board thinner.
According to recent reports, Samsung will lift the lid on the Galaxy S7 on the 19th of January and launch the device sometime in February. Rumour has it that two versions will be available – a “premium” version and a “sub-premium” version.The premium version is said to rock a Samsung-made Exynos processor, while the sub-premium version is said to feature a Qualcomm- or MediaTek-made CPU. We’ve also learned from earlier reports that the S7 will have a USB Type-C port on board. We’ve also learned that the S7 may sport different CPUs, depending on the area. Reports say the S7 to be sold in Europe, Japan, and South Korea will rock the Samsung-made Exynos 8890 processor (code named M1 Mongoose), which has broken records in benchmarks. Meanwhile, the S7 to be sold in China and the United States is said to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU. The S7 to be sold in India is said to sport the Exynos 7422 SoC, which is the same CPU found under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Lastly, the S7 is said to be clad in magnesium alloy, making it tougher yet lighter.
Of course, since this is anything but official, take it with a pinch of salt.
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