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Samsung Wants to be World’s No. 1 Camera Sensor Maker

Samsung seeks to catch up with Sony in image sensor market

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Samsung Electronics Co. is seeking to narrow its gap with Japanese rival Sony Corp. in the global image sensor market, industry watchers said on Thursday, as the segment is set to post sharp growth down the road on rising demand from smartphones and security solutions.

Industry tracker IC Insights estimated the annual sales of a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor at $13.7 billion in 2018 — up 10 per cent from a year earlier.

The figure is anticipated to reach a whopping $19 billion in 2022, Yonhap news agency reported.

Samsung Wants to be World's No. 1 Camera Sensor Maker.
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“CMOS designs keep improving for a variety of light levels, high-speed imaging and greater resolution as well as integrating more functions for specific applications, such as security video cameras, machine vision in robots and cars, human recognition, hand-gesture interfaces, virtual-augmented reality, and medical systems,” IC Insights was quoted as saying.

“In new smartphones, CMOS image sensors are also seeing a new wave of growth with the increase of dual-lens camera systems for enhanced photography,” the tracker added.

Sony and Samsung currently lead the global market for CMOS image sensors, with the Japanese rival holding a slight edge.

In 2016, Sony and Samsung took up 25.6 per cent and 22.6 per cent of the market, respectively.

The two companies held 28.3 per cent and 25.4 per cent, respectively, last year.

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SK hynix Inc., Samsung’s another South Korean rival, accounted for roughly eight to nine per cent over the cited period.

Industry watchers, however, claimed that Sony takes up 50 per cent of the market in terms of sales, hovering far above Samsung’s 20 per cent.

Samsung launched its image sensor brand named ISOCELL in June last year, in an apparent bid to catch up to Sony’s Exmor products. (IANS)

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Samsung Plans to Launch Galaxy A10s with Dual Camera and Fingerprint Sensor

The device is expected to be an upgraded variant of the already launched Galaxy A10

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Samsung working on Galaxy A10s with dual camera. Wikimedia Commons

After recently launching Galaxy A10e, South Korean tech giant Samsung is now working on a new budget smartphone for the Indian market – Galaxy A10s.

In a recent development, a smartphone purported to be the A10s was listed on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website, the GSM Arena reported late on Saturday.

According to the listing, the device has a 3,900 mAh battery. The phone measures 157 mm in length, 75.8 mm in width and 174.3 mm (roughly 6.86 inches) diagonally.

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The device is expected to be an upgraded variant of the already launched Galaxy A10. Pixabay

It has a dual camera setup accompanied by a flash. There is also a fingerprint sensor at the back of the smartphone. The device is expected to be an upgraded variant of the already launched Galaxy A10.

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The phone would be powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor under the hood along with 2GB RAM. In terms of software, the phone will have Android 9 Pie-based One UI out of the box. (IANS)