The latest leak from Ice Universe confirms that Samsung will use a new main camera sensor on its next top-of-the-line Galaxy S21
If the camera on Samsung's current top-of-the-line smartphone, the Galaxy S20, amazed you with its image quality and brightness, then get ready to be amazed even more by the photos the Samsung Galaxy S21 (also called Galaxy S30 or "Project U") According to the latest leaks, in fact, Samsung will integrate a new main sensor in its next flagship phone.
The leak obviously doesn't have any official confirmation from Samsung, but it comes from a usually well-informed source: Ice Universe, a leaker that usually always got the predictions right. Among other things, it must also be said that Ice Universe does not agree with the choices made by Samsung in terms of photo sensors on its latest top of the range smartphones. From other sources, however, it seems confirmed that even on the Samsung Galaxy S21 will not be present a physical ToF (Time of Flight) sensor to calculate the depth of field. But, then, how will the camera of the next Galaxy S21 smartphone be?
Galaxy S21: 108 MP sensor
The latest tweet from Ice Universe talks about a new photo sensor on the Galaxy S21: it will still be 108 MP, but it will be the evolution of the current ISOCELL Bright HM1 produced in-house by Samsung with "Nanoacell" technology, which combines nine adjacent 0.8 micron pixels into a single 2.4 micron pixel. That successor would be the already rumored ISOCELL Bright HM2, which, compared to the HM1, should be even brighter and more flexible in difficult lighting conditions, while maintaining the same resolution. Samsung, therefore, thinks of an optimized sensor and not to increase the total number of pixels. According to the same Ice Universe, on the other hand, the ISOCELL Bright HM1 would not be able to do the miracles that Samsung tells: the leaker prefers the 48 or 50 MP sensors of the Xiaomi and Huawei smartphones.
Galaxy S21: why it will not have the ToF
Finally, it takes more and more shape the hypothesis that Samsung will not integrate a ToF sensor in its next top of the range. The reason is simple: it cannot achieve the results offered by Apple's iPhones. Results obtained thanks to Apple AR technology that is based on physical ToF sensors produced by Sony. Apple, however, has made an exclusive supply agreement with Sony and therefore Samsung will not be able to buy the same sensors. That's why it prefers not to integrate any ToF sensors on Galaxy S21 either.