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Sony Unveils The World’s First 48MP Smartphone Sensor

The company plans to start shipping samples of the sensor this September, with a unit price of 3,000 yen ($27 or a little over Rs 1,800) each

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Available for Rs 1.6 lakh, the camcorder is capable of capturing 4K high resolution images, the company said in a statement. (IANS)

Taking the smartphone camera war to an entirely new level, Sony on Monday introduced world’s first 48MP sensor that will debut in September this year, probably with Sony devices.

The stacked CMOS image sensor “IMX586” features a pixel count of 48 effective megapixels and an ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8-micron pixels, the company wrote in a blog post.

“These days, high-end smartphone models require even greater imaging quality from their cameras. The new Sony sensor features 48 effective megapixels — a pixel count which rivals that of high-performance SLR cameras, making it possible to capture beautiful, high-resolution images even with a smartphone,” the company said.

Currently, the highest resolution camera sensor — 40MP — is available in Huawei P20 Pro and Nokia Lumia 1020. Apple has long used Sony to supply its camera sensors.

The new image sensor comes with Sony’s built-in original exposure control technology and signal processing functionality that enables real-time output and a range four times greater than conventional units.

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The new Sony sensor features 48 effective megapixels — a pixel count which rivals that of high-performance SLR cameras, making it possible to capture beautiful, high-resolution images even with a smartphone. (IANS)

It uses the “Quad Bayer” colour filter array to incorporate high sensitivity and high resolution in the images.

“The new product achieved a world-first ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8 µm, making it possible to pack 48 effective megapixels onto a 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) unit, thereby supporting enhanced imaging on smartphone cameras,” the company informed.

Original Sony exposure control technology and signal processing functionality are built into the image sensor, enabling real-time output and a superior dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional products.

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“Even scenes with both bright and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows while viewing the image on the smartphone display,” Sony said.

The company plans to start shipping samples of the sensor this September, with a unit price of 3,000 yen ($27 or a little over Rs 1,800) each. (IANS)

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Apple to Capture Dominant Share in 5G Smartphone Market

Apple is mobilising suppliers to produce its first 5G iPhones next year

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Apple plans to launch three 5G phones and ship at least 80 million of the new devices, Pixabay

Entry of Apple into the 5G race in the third quarter of 2020 will catapult the iPhone maker to top position, ahead of Samsung and Huawei, a new report has predicted.

According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple will capture a dominant share in the emerging smartphone technology segment next year.

“It may seem counter-intuitive that Apple, which currently has no 5G phones in its portfolio will be able to pass current 5G market leaders Samsung and Huawei,” Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement.

“But with three new 5G models coming next year, Apple merely needs to match its current upgrade rates for newly introduced iPhone models to take the lead next year,” he added.

Samsung currently is the undisputed market leader in 5G smartphones.

“But with the two largest 5G markets in 2020, China and the US, dominated by Huawei and Apple respectively, these two vendors are set to lead in 5G next year,” commented Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics.

Apple is mobilising suppliers to produce its first 5G iPhones next year, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.

Apple plans to launch three 5G phones and ship at least 80 million of the new devices, said the report, citing sources.

While leading smartphone players like Samsung and Huawei have launched their 5G phones, Apple’s iPhone 11 series supports 4G.

The new iPhones will carry the most advanced 5G modem chip, known as X55 that is designed by Qualcomm, according to the Nikkei report. The iPhones will be powered by Apple’s latest-generation processor, known as A14.

However, in the longer term Samsung will regain the 5G crown.

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Entry of Apple into the 5G race in the third quarter of 2020 will catapult the iPhone maker to top position, ahead of Samsung and Huawei, a new report has predicted. Pixabay

“As more markets cut over to 5G, Samsung will capture the majority of that share by virtue of its dominance of the overall smartphone market and a broader portfolio of 5G devices across more price-bands,” said Hyers.

Huawei’s potential in 5G smartphone sales is currently limited by the US technology trade ban.

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“Huawei is dominant in China and will likely remain so. But until the ban is lifted, prospects for Huawei in 5G smartphone sales elsewhere are limited,” said Ville-Petteri Ukonaho from Strategy Analytics. (IANS)