After bringing a 48MP camera to the masses, Xiaomi maybe looking to take things up a notch, with a phone with a whopping 64MP main camera. The phone in question will use Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor and while Samsung is expected to debut the world’s first 64MP camera phone internationally, Xiaomi’s take may be limited to China – at least initially.
Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor works on the same principle as its 48MP GM1 and 32MP GD1 sensors – effectively producing sharper, more detailed 16MP photos in low light, and using software interpolation to produce high resolution 64MP photos as and when required.
Samsung has confirmed that smartphones equipped with its 64MP GW1 sensor will start shipping sometime in the second half of this year. Which is around the same time we may see both Samsung and Xiaomi launching their respective devices.
Samsung is said to be working on an updated version of its recently launched Galaxy A70, calling it simply the Galaxy A70S which will reportedly come with a 64MP main camera. The Galaxy A70, to recall, uses Samsung’s 32MP GD1 sensor on the front, while on the back it has three cameras - 32MP sensor (which is again, the same GD1 sensor), an 8MP ultra-wide sensor (with 120-degree field-of-view) and a 5MP sensor for depth sensing aka portrait photography.
As for Xiaomi, its 64MP camera phone is a mystery for now. We have absolutely no idea what it would bring to the table – but a 64MP camera would be a good start. Considering how Xiaomi is known for its aggressive pricing, it won’t be surprising if Xiaomi brings the 64MP smartphone camera to the masses as well.
The recently launched Redmi Note 7S is the first phone at its price point to pack a whopping 48MP main camera. Xiaomi touts the low-light capabilities of the Redmi Note 7S’ 48MP main camera, in addition to its ability to produce photos with lots of detail – both of which are a key highlight of the Samsung GM1 sensor. Something similar will be expected from its 64MP camera phone as well.