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Galaxy S7 camera reported to pack fewer megapixels than the S6

by Jacob Kleinman | November 3, 2015

Just yesterday a report surfaced claiming Samsung could bump the Galaxy S7‘s camera up to 20 megapixels with a little help from Sony. But now a new rumor suggests the company could take the opposite route with a more refined 12-megapixel shooter developed in-house.

Specifically, Samsung’s new camera will allegedly feature a larger 1/2-inch sensor, meaning each pixel would be larger than the ones found on older models. It’s a similar strategy to the one Google took with the Nexus 6P, which features a 12.3-megapixel shooter with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. By comparison, the Galaxy S6 packed a smaller 1/2.6-inch sensor.

Whether Samsung goes with its own camera or one from Sony, it sounds like the Galaxy S7 will take pretty solid photos. The company has put a big emphasis on mobile photography in the past few years, and it really paid of with this year’s crop of flagship phones. Hopefully the Galaxy-maker can keep improving in 2016.

Rumor has it Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S7 in January, though the company typically waits until Mobile World Congress to announce its new S series smartphone. Either way, we’re still a few months away from an actual launch, leaving enough time to sort out the new handset’s camera.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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