We’re very excited to see what Samsung has in store for us with its flagship Galaxy S23 next year, and rumor has it that the rear camera could be getting a major upgrade: up to 200MP for the main sensor on the Ultra model, if we believe the latest leak.
it comes from ET news (opens in new tab) (through Android Police (opens in new tab)), and is apparently based on information that Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Experience (MX) division has been sharing with its industry partners.
We know the 200MP sensors are real – the Samsung ISOCELL HP1 already comes on the Moto X30 Pro, for example – but the question is whether or not Samsung will decide to include it in one or more of its flagship smartphones in 2023.
A long-standing rumor
This isn’t the first time this rumor has surfaced, and it’s actually been swirling since last year. The sources on this are generally reliable, so it seems likely that this will happen – although nothing is certain until it’s official.
If it appears on the Samsung Galaxy S23 range, the 200MP sensor will apparently only appear on the Ultra model. This matches the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which has a 108MP main sensor versus a 50MP main sensor on the other models.
All will be revealed next year and at the moment it looks like February will be the month the Galaxy S23 will see the light of day – and we’re saying February mainly because that’s the month the Galaxy S22 was released.
Analysis: the meaning of megapixels
More megapixels means more pixels in your final image, which means it can be scaled up to larger sizes with no loss in quality – or so is the theory. However, megapixels are only part of the story when it comes to camera phone quality.
It’s also about what manufacturers can do with those pixels, and while Samsung has traditionally been pretty good with its camera setups, it’s important not to assume that a phone camera will be great just because it’s packing more megapixels.
As we’ve written before, all sorts of other factors also come into play, including the size of the pixels (which is an indicator of how much light they can capture. We’ll have to wait until we test the Galaxy S23 Ultra to see how impressive the setup is. camera.
And remember that 200MP sensors don’t necessarily mean 200MP photos – cameras use a technology called pixel binning to improve image quality, where data from multiple pixels is combined, so the end results are often smaller than that the sensor can suggest.