If you, like majority of mobile phone users out there, can’t stand the idea of a protruding rear camera on your smartphone, Samsung might have the solution to that. The company just announced the mass production of its latest image sensor that is the “industry’s first 1.0 micron pixel-based 16MP CMOS image sensor.
The new image sensor, named the S5K3P3, uses the company’s own ISOCELL technology. It may be smaller, measuring at about 5mm thin – that’s about 20% thinner than previous 1.12-micron pixel models, but it can still take pictures with comparable image quality.
“As a trendsetter in the mobile image sensor business, we are pleased to be the first to deliver the most advanced 1.0-micron pixel imager, which meets both high-resolution and slim design requirements for smartphone cameras. Starting with 16MP sensor, Samsung plans to further expand the 1.0-micron pixel product category and lead the image sensor market for high performing slim mobile devices.” – Kyushik Hong, Vice President and Head of S.LSI Marketing at Samsung Electronics.
The new image sensor is available today for mobile device manufacturers, so be prepared to see future smartphones with better cameras on board, and little to no protruding camera design. Check out Samsung for more information about the new S5K3P3 image sensor.