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Forget 48MP: 100MP+ camera phones are 'coming this year,' reckons Qualcomm

Fancy a single-lensed camera phone that can shoot 192MP? Nope, we're not too keen either (give us larger pixels not more) but it may well be a possibility, thanks to Qualcomm's chips and just how far they can be pushed. 

Qualcomm recently added some new information to its spec sheet for a number of its processors and it was all about just how many megapixels its chips can support. 

According to GizChina (opens in new tab), the following chips have always been able to support 192MP on a single camera, Qualcomm just hadn't released the information: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

On the spec sheet, Qualcomm revealed that its chips could take a single camera system up to 192MP. And in a recent interview with MySmartPrice (opens in new tab), Judd Heape, Sr Director of Product Management for cameras at Qualcomm confirmed this is the case but there is no OEM currently making those types of sensors. 

Interestingly, this high-megapixel tech is heading off in a different direction to the multi-camera arrays of phones like the Nokia 9 PureView (opens in new tab), where image quality takes a front seat, not megapixels.

Mega megapixels

Currently the highest is 48MP, as seen in the Honor View 20, with Samsung ISOCELL GM1 and Sony IMX586 sensors offering this megapixel count.

But, and this is where it gets interesting, Judd noted (paraphrased by MySmartPrice) that "we can expect multiple brands to release phones with 64MP and even larger than 100MP cameras by the end of this year."

We don't know the OEMs busy making these sensors but given Sony and Samsung are the ones at the forefront of 48MP, it would be likely that we something of that MP magnitude from them. 

Via TechRadar (opens in new tab)

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A technology journalist who has been in the industry for 17 years, Marc is the former editor-in-chief of TechRadar and has also steered the ship for technology brands including T3, Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide, and is currently the director of Shortlist Media and co-owner of Shortlist.com. 


An expert in the field of camera phones and mobile tech, Marc has been a long-time specialist when it comes to phone reviews, hands-on coverage, reviews and rumors. As a frequent visitor to big trade shows like CES, he has also had boots on the ground for the latest camera announcements and breaking developments in fields such as 8K video.