No, that’s not a typo. The Chinese company Xiaomi has said in an announcement that they are working and will launch a smartphone with a 108-megapixel camera.
According to their announcement in China, they are working with Samsung to deliver this camera built for smartphones. Just to put numbers to it, a 108-megapixel camera will deliver photos with a resolution of 12,032 x 9,024 pixels. There is no confirmed launch date at this point, but Xiaomi don’t generally make an announcement like this unless they are confident it can be delivered.
Seeing as we currently have smartphones with a maximum of ‘only’ 48-megapixels, it seems like a stretch, doesn’t it? We know that Xiaomi is trying to push the envelope in this regard, as they will soon launch a 64-megapixel smartphone, likely to be called the Realme 5, in the final quarter of 2019.
Given how good smartphone photography has become, this doesn’t really surprise us. Where several years ago we reiterated that megapixel count isn’t as important as the quality of the sensor and software processing, we are now coming to a point where the image quality is so good that increasing the megapixel count can make a substantial difference.
Xiaomi will be using Samsung’s GW-1 sensor for this device, which has until now mostly been used to make 16-megapixel photos look great with pixel binning.
What do you think of a phone with a 108-megapixel camera? How far do you think we can push smartphone camera technology? Let us know in the comments below.