Samsung announced a new 200MP camera yesterday, and while some people immediately assumed the Galaxy S23 Ultra will use it, that won’t be the case. Well, at least according to Ice Universe, a well-known tipster.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra won’t utilize Samsung’s new 200MP camera
He went out and said that the ISOCELL HP3, which is the sensor name for the new 200-megapixel camera, won’t be utilized by Samsung’s next ‘Ultra’ phone. That is not exactly surprising, to be quite honest. Samsung has likely been testing the Galaxy S23 Ultra camera for a long time now.
The ISOCELL HP3 does look quite interesting on paper, though. It does have smaller pixels than the previous-gen camera, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This allowed the company to pack all pixels in a 1/1.4-inch optical format. This camera sensor is smaller than its predecessor, physically.
It can capture 16,384 x 12,288 resolution images if you use its 200MP mode. This sensor can also utilize 2×2 or 4×4 pixel binning, so you can end up with 50-megapixel (1.12um pixel size) or 12.5-megapixel (2.24um pixel size) images. Those 12.5-megapixel images are what most people will want to opt for, and most OEMs as well, while leaving the option for a 200MP mode.
This camera sensor can also record 8K videos at 30fps, and 4K videos at 120fps. It employs the Super QPD auto-focusing solution, instead of the Double Super phase detection autofocus. If you’d like to know more about that camera, click here.
The device will launch in the first quarter of 2022
That being said, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is expected to launch in Q1 next year. It’s expected to arrive alongside the Galaxy S23 and S23+, if Samsung doesn’t change things drastically.
The device will likely utilize the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which will launch towards the end of the year. The other SoC variant of the phone may utilize Samsung’s new flagship Exynos SoC, if Samsung ends up opting for it at all. Not much is known about the phone yet, as we’re still far away from the launch.
Rumors and leaks are expected to start pouring in in the near future, though, so stay tuned for that.