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Galaxy S7 camera features a brand new Sony sensor

by Jacob Kleinman | February 22, 2016February 22, 2016 10:00 am PST

Samsung took a step back from the pixel wars this year, picking a 12-megapixel camera for its flagship phone with an emphasis on low-light performance and faster auto-focus. Now we’re learning a bit more about the new camera technology featured in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.

SamMobile did some digging and found that both devices pack a previously unknown Sony IMX 260 sensor. That sounds like a direct upgrade from the IMX 240 found in last year’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. The fact that we’ve never heard of this sensor before suggests it might be custom-made for Samsung, though it’s possible other companies will get their hands on the technology soon.

The same report also reveals that Samsung developed its own audio chip for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The “Lucky CS47L91 Sound” presumably offers high-quality sound. It may also be a nod to “Project Lucky,” Samsung’s alleged codename for the new flagship lineup.

We’ve already had some hands-on time with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but we’ll need to really hunker down with these devices to test out this new camera sensor and audio chip. We should have a full review ready for you sometime next month when the devices are slated to launch.

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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...

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