New Samsung Galaxy Leak Reveals S22 Ultra Design Surprise

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The Galaxy S22 Ultra may not be getting the massive camera upgrade some had been predicting, but that’s no bad thing.

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According to perennial leaker Ice Universe, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is very unlikely to deploy a third-generation 108-megapixel primary camera sensor rather than the ambitious 200-megapixel model some had been expecting.

Taking to the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, the tipster claims, “It is almost 100% confirmed that Samsung S22 Ultra will not follow up with 200 million pixels and will [instead] polish the third-generation 108MP sensor.”  (translation by Google).

This revelation may come as a surprise to some, but there are good reasons to believe that even the current 108 megapixels are too many for a smartphone camera.

Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra, for example, currently leads Dxomark’s independent camera benchmarks, outperforming Samsung’s flagship by a considerable margin and using a 50-megapixel Samsung sensor to do it.

Furthermore, cramming 200 megapixels onto a tiny smartphone sensor would present considerable technical difficulties for Samsung. Smaller pixels result in increased image noise which needs to be removed by software processing.

If Samsung can’t deliver best-in-class photos from a 108-megapixel camera, increasing its resolution to 200 megapixels would seem very unlikely to help matters. 

Samsung’s flagship Exynos 2100 processors support cameras with up to 200 megapixels, so we’ll likely see Samsung’s 200-megapixel sensor tested in another device at some point. However, for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, it looks like 108 megapixels will be the limit and I, for one, am relieved.

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