Judd Heape, Qualcomm's Senior Director of Product Management (Camera, Computer Vision and Video), said MySmartPrice that OEMs work with sensor makers to release 64MP and 100MP + smartphones later this year.
The executive did not disclose any specific details, but said that by the end of the year we could expect "multiple" brands with the technology. This certainly indicates that these sensors are an operating, rather than a one-off move by one OEM.
Ultra-high resolution cameras allow for more detailed night time, but low light recording usually suffers due to the smaller pixel size. Fortunately, today's 48MP sensors offer pixel-binning technology, combining data effectively from four small pixels into one, enabling improved low-light performance. Pixel binning, however, results in lower resolution shots, with, for example, 48MP cameras that work out 12MP snaps.
These new sensors will probably offer the same technology, so we can see 16MP pixel-inner shots from a 64MP camera. But at what point are the returns simply not worth it? After all, Google and Samsung fixed with 12MP main cameras with large pixels – no need for pixel binning. And Google says Night Vision Nocturnal shots mode further enhances business, delivering leading-edge light snaps.
Then again, recent Huawei flagships achieved good results with a 40MP primary shooter, while our own Dhruv Bhutani Redmi Note 7 ProThe 48MP camera was pretty fantastic for the prize segment. It is therefore clear that ultra high resolution cameras can deliver competitive results.
MySmartPrice also apparently got information about the Snapdragon 855 successor (for the time being called Snapdragon 865). Judd says the chipset will support Qualcomm's recording on HDR10 video recording. This technology will include frame-by-frame and scene metadata for better results.
We have contacted Qualcomm to confirm these comments and will update the article accordingly. But do you want to see a megapixel war again? Let us know where you are in the comments below.