Samsung Galaxy S7 to rock Sony 20-megapixel IMX300 sensor?

According to past reports, the Galaxy S7 will rock Samsung’s new 20-megapixel ISOCELL sensor, which is an upgrade over the 16-megapixel sensor on board the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. A new report is saying that the Korean tech giant’s upcoming flagship could rock Sony’s new sensor.

Sony IMX300


The new rumour comes to us courtesy of Chinese-speaking micro-blogging site Weibo. According to the post, Samsung is in talks with Sony to get the IMX300 sensor on board the Galaxy S7. The IMX300 sensor is on board the XPERIA Z5 Compact, the XPERIA Z5, and the XPERIA Z5 Premium.

If true, what will happen to Samsung’s 20-megapixel ISOCELL sensor? It’s possible that some units may sport the Samsung-made camera in some regions, while other units will rock the Sony-made sensor. This is the case with the Galaxy S6, with some units sporting Sony-made sensors, while others come with sensors made by Samsung.

Word on the street is that the IMX300 is actually a 25-megapixel sensor with unused corners to bring the megapixel count down to 23 in a 16:9 aspect ratio, or 21 megapixel in a regular 4:3 format. Allegedly, this has posed a problem for Samsung, as it cannot advertise one S7 with a 20-megapixel sensor and another with a 23-megapixel sensor. So it reportedly decided to make use of compression tricks to even out the megapixel count.

Here’s what we’ve learned so far:

Recently, we learned that S7 will be available in a regular 5.2-inch flat version, a 5.2-inch edged version (S7 Edge), and a 5.7-inch edged version (S7 Edge Plus). All will launch at the same time. A separate report has claimed that the S7 will sport a high-end digital-to-analog converter (DAC) – the ESS SABRE 9018AQ2M. Going back even further, we heard that Samsung is testing a magnesium alloy frame for the S7 that will make it both lighter and stronger. As for the S7’s processor, the version to hit Europe is said to rock the Exynos 8890 SoC, which has shattered benchmark records; the version to hit the US and China is said to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, and a version headed to India will sport the Exynos 7422, which is the same processor found under the hood of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. A USB Type-C connector is said to be on board. Lastly, the S7 is said to feature a Force Touch screen.

As for the S7’s rumoured unveiling and release date, we’ve heard that the upcoming flagship will be unveiled early in January and will be released the following month in February.

Want to know more about the Samsung Galaxy S7? Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

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