Galaxy S22 may not come with a 200MP camera

Samsung and Xiaomi were rumored to be working on a 200-megapixel ISOCELL sensor that may not be used in the South Korean company's Galaxy S22 next year. Smartphone cameras have become large in terms of the number of megapixels, far exceeding the imaging sensors that you might find even in professional digital cameras.

And some phone manufacturers have proven over the years that more megapixels don't mean better pictures. But this has not prevented manufacturers from continuing to launch phones with cameras with a precision of three digits in terms of the number of megapixels. 

Given that Samsung has a 108MP ISOCEL HM3 camera in the Galaxy S21, expecting to try upgrading to 200MP would have been an option were it not for the engineering and manufacturing hurdles such a sensor would entail.

However, both Samsung and Xiaomi have tried this before with the ISOCELL Bright HMX, the first sensor to go beyond 100MP. The two companies are said to be working together again to develop a 200MP camera. But according to leaks, next year's Galaxy S22 will not use this component. Instead, the upcoming flagship smartphone lineup is sticking with the third generation of ISOCELL HM3.

That might sound disappointing to those hoping to see the latest and greatest technology in Samsung's flagship line. But it also means that Samsung is prioritizing the quality of its cameras over specs and headlines. Given the way Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Apple have outperformed DxOMark, this move appears to be in order.

The rumored 200MP sensor could debut later this year on a Xiaomi flagship phone. As with ISOCELL Bright HMX. So that Samsung allows its partner to test it first before it.

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