Samsung’s High-End Sensors
Samsung is gearing up to challenge Sony’s dominance in smartphone photography with its ISOCELL GN6 sensor. This sensor, positioned as a rival to Sony’s IMX989, features a 1-inch sensor size and a 50-megapixel count, setting the stage for intense competition in the world of smartphone cameras.
The GN6’s larger pixel size of 1.6 microns and enhanced low-light performance make it a compelling contender. The ISOCELL GN6 follows Samsung’s GN2 sensor, which neared the 1-inch benchmark with its 1/1.12-inch sensor size.
Leaked information from tech source Revegnus on X reveals that Samsung is working on multiple high-end sensors, including the 50MP GN6, a 200MP HP7, a 320MP sensor, and a 440MP HU1. While the GN6 competes with Sony’s IMX989, it’s rumored to be adopted by other manufacturers due to its cost. The 440MP HU1 seems more suited for non-smartphone industries like automotive or industrial use.
The 320MP sensor might eventually find its way into the Galaxy S series, possibly debuting with the Galaxy S26 Ultra. The 200MP HP7 sensor, originally planned for the Galaxy S25 Ultra, offers improved image quality over its predecessor, but like the 1-inch sensor, it might be too expensive for Samsung’s smartphones.
This comprehensive information underscores Samsung’s efforts to challenge Sony’s dominance and establish itself as a major player in the smartphone camera market.