Phones keep getting thinner and their cameras can’t keep up. That’s why recent devices like the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 include those ugly camera humps, but that may change soon. Samsung says it has a solution.
The company revealed a new 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel (MP) CMOS image sensor that’s just 5mm thick on Wednesday. That’s 20 percent thinner than the previous model. It’s also significantly thinner than Samsung’s slimmest smartphone, the 5.9mm Galaxy A8.
“As a trendsetter in the mobile image sensor business, we are pleased to be the first to deliver the most advanced 1.0μm-pixel imager, which meets both high-resolution and slim design requirements for smartphone cameras,” said Samsung executive Kyushik Hong.
Samsung is still figuring out how to produce the new sensor at scale. Unfortunately that means it probably won’t be featured in the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, but hopefully it will be ready for the Galaxy S7 next year. It’s also likely we’ll see the technology pop up in competing smartphones, like the iPhone.