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In a bid to bring the industry’s highest resolution for smartphone cameras, Samsung today announced the launch of two new 0.8-micrometer (μm) pixel image sensors for smartphones. the 64-megapixel (Mp) Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and 48Mp ISOCELL Bright GM2.

In addition, Samsung also expands its 0.8μm image sensor series from existing 20Mp to ultra-high 64Mp resolutions.

“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 GW1 sensor is made up of 0.8 µm pixels, of which four can be combined into one large pixel in low light. In that case, the sensor takes clear 16 megapixel photos, while you can take photos with the full 64MP resolution under sufficient light.

It has a dynamic range of up to 100 decibels. A ‘conventional sensor’ (in Samsung’s term) has a range of 60dB, while the human eyes also have a range of 120dB. In normal language, the new sensor can detect larger differences between light and dark without overexposing or underexposing parts of the image.

The GW1 sensor is launched along with the ISOCELL Bright GW2 sensor which has a total resolution of 48MP. With combined pixels, this sensor spits out 12MP photos. Both sensors have phase detection autofocus.

Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 sensors are currently sampling and mass production to start in the second half of this year. We can expect the sensor to arrive in devices, maybe next year.