Hardware manufacturers are exhibiting their new technologies at the on-going Shanghai MWC 2018 in China, and Samsung is also one of them. The Korean OEM just unveiled their new upgraded iSOCELL camera sensors called ISOCELL Plus. Before we talk about what the new iteration of ISOCELL sensor brings to the table, we should note that Samsung could likely bring this to the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. The new sensors will be mass-produced in the second half of 2018, and the Galaxy Note 9 will get it, says Sammobile.
What is ISOCELL Plus technology?
The ISOCELL Plus sensors are being advertised to be able to capture more light thus leading to greater light sensitivity and colour fidelity which ultimately delivers more accurate photos even in low-light conditions.
This is largely thanks to a new pixel isolation technology adopted by the Seoul-based phone maker. Normal ISOCELL sensors employ metal grids as a physical barrier between pixels to avoid the colours from spilling to the neighbouring pixels. The metal grids allow the pixel to hold more light too and this results in accurate colour information.
However, this also results in the metal grids absorbing some light and reflection. With ISOCELL Plus Samsung has used some ‘innovative new material’ developed by Fujifilm as the physical barrier for pixel isolation that resulted in a low optical loss. The new sensors can improve light sensitivity by 15 percent and also give better color fidelity, says Samsung.
That’s not all, ISOCELL has also minimized the size of the pixels which means more megapixels in even less space and also smartphone cameras with above 20MP sensors.
The Galaxy Note 9 has been touted to feature an upgraded camera from Samsung. These ISOCELL Plus sensors could be what Samsung is talking about. Currently, the flagship S-Pen bearing phablet looks bound for an August release after an FCC approval this month.