But with competition from Huawei seeing a huge jump in camera pixel density, and all smartphone manufacturers bringing in multiple sensors on the rear of their phones, it’s a lot more likely that Samsung could be readying a 64MP sensor for its next flagship S-series handset.
The technology to support pictures like this has been in phone processors for a while – Qualcomm recently admitted its Snapdragon 855 chipset can support pictures of up to 192MP, although camera sensors are still several years out from reaching that figure.
Which phones could have the sensors?
One might wonder if the 64MP sensor is destined for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – however, we expect to see that in the next few months, so it seems unlikely that Samsung would be announcing the new sensor so close to launch, so if it were to be in a flagship phone, February 2020 (when the S11 is likely to land) makes more sense.
Saying that, we could see the sensors in an unexpected handset – we know Samsung is working on several foldable phones to launch after the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and the company recently launched the Samsung Galaxy A80 with high-end camera specs.
Samsung does provide the sensors to other smartphone companies too, and certain Xiaomi, Vivo, Apple, Motorola and Nokia phones use cameras from the company, so equally we’d expect to see high-density sensors appearing in phones from those brands too.