“BRITECELL” trademarked by Samsung – new sensor to be on board Galaxy S7?

We’ve coming across a number of leaks involving the yet to be announced Samsung Galaxy S7. One report claims that the Korean tech giant’s next flagship will feature a Samsung-made 20-megapixel ISOCELL camera made under the 28 nm process. Another report claims that Samsung is in talks with Sony to get the IMX300 (the same sensor on board the XPERIA Z5 trio) on board the S7. A recent report claims that Samsung has chosen a 12-megapixel camera with a larger sensor. Now a new report has uncovered a new patent application by Samsung, described as an “image sensor for mobile phones.”



The patent application was spotted by Dutch-speaking Galaxyclub.nl. The patent application is titled “BRITECELL.” This could be related to Samsung’s new 20-megapixel sensor, since it is listed with a RWB colour pattern for enhancing light sensitivity, and improving the signal-to-noise ratio in low-light conditions, which is probably the reason why “BRITE” is in the name of the patent. However, since Samsung still uses “ISOCELL” to describe its 20-megapixel sensor, BRITECELL could be something totally new and something we’ve never seen before, instead of a RWB pattern. Just recently, we heard that Samsung has developed a new 12-megapixel sensor. Despite having a smaller megapixel count compared to the 16-megapixel camera on board the Galaxy S6, it comes with a large 1/2″ surface area, that allows its larger pixels to gather more light. It’s possible that BRITECELL refers to this new camera tech. The same report says that the 12-megapixel sensor will go into mass production soon.

So far, we’ve learned that the S7 will be available in three sizes. One will sport a 5.2-inch screen (regular S7); one will sport a curved 5.2-inch (S7 Edge), and the third will sport a curved 5.7-inch screen (S7 Edge Plus). Other rumoured specs include a high-end digital-to-analog converter (DAC) – the ESS SABRE 9018AQ2M, a magnesium alloy frame, a USB Type-C connector, and a Force Touch screen. As for the processor, the European version is rumoured to rock the Exynos 8890; the US version is said to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, while the Indian version is said to feature the Exynos 7422 (same CPU on board the S6 Edge Plus).

So when will Samsung lift the lid and launch the Galaxy S7? The common consensus is that the Korean tech giant will officially unveil its next flagship in January and launch it in February.

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