Earlier this week, Samsung formalized a new photo sensor with great potential. Called ISOCELL GN1, this device intended for smartphones seems to have the arguments to compete with the sensors from Sony, market leader.
The ISOCELL GN1 promises. To do this, the Samsung photo sensor has 50 MP with a size of 1.2 μm and is able to combine the pixels by four to form pixels of 2.4 μm, which provides better capture of the light. It uses the pixel combination technology (Tetracell), but also the ultra fast autofocus (Dual Pixel) to increase the resolution.
It is the first device of the Korean brand to offer these two technologies in this form, which should allow it to capture clearer and sharper images, as the group claims. With these features, the ISOCELL GN1 could compete with the Sony IMX700 with which the excellent Huawei P40s released in April are equipped.
What smartphones will benefit from this new photo sensor?
Samsung has not yet specified which models will be equipped with this ISOCELL GN1 photo sensor. We can already assume that he will not be part of the Galaxy Note 20. On the side of Note 20+, rumors do indeed suggest a main camera of 108 MP, the same device as on the Galaxy S20 — knowing however that it is not certain that the new model embeds the same x100 zoom. We will have to wait a little longer to know which smartphones will be equipped with this new model.
ISOCELL GN1 may also be available on other smartphones than those of Samsung, since certain models of Xiaomi already ship GM1 or GM2 from the Korean manufacturer. Mass production of this new photo sensor has already started, so it should be on the market in the second quarter.