World's first 64MP camera phone to be announced by Realme next week

World's first 64MP camera phone to be announced by Realme next week
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Realme will reveal the world's first 64 megapixel camera phone on 08 August, at its Realme Camera Innovation Event taking place in New Delhi. 

The company will simultaneously showcase its move into quad camera technology, making it a double-whammy announcement of the world's first quad-camera phone, widely expected to be the new flagship handset.

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"Get ready to witness some of the world's first in smartphone camera technology at the #realme camera innovation event", tweeted the manufacturer (opens in new tab). "Stay Tuned as we #LeapToQuadCamera and reveal the world's first 64MP Quad Camera technology on a smartphone."

As GSM Arena (opens in new tab) points out, Realme already produces dual-camera phones in the form of its 3 series and the Realme X. In both cases, one of the cameras features a depth-detecting time of flight sensor (opens in new tab).

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It stands to reason, therefore, that one of the four sensors on Realme's new 64MP quad-camera phone will similarly be a time of flight affair. And, since the company doesn't make any triple-camera handsets, this new model will indeed be a big leap for the company.

In addition to the depth-detecting camera – which facilitates software-driven effects like background-blurring portrait modes with artificial depth of field – the other two non-primary units are almost certain to feature a wide-angle and a telephoto lens.

The race to produce a 64-megapixel camera phone has been a hotly run one. While Samsung announced the first 64MP camera phone sensor (opens in new tab) back in May, it appeared that Xaomi would be the first (opens in new tab) company to actually bring it to market. 

However, when Redmi released the first 64MP camera phone picture (opens in new tab) (of a cat, no less), it looked like it may be in pole position to win the race. And now Realme has come out of nowhere to steal the spotlight.

Stay tuned to Digital Camera World as we bring you the latest on Realme's new handset – and in the upcoming camera phone megapixel battleground.

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.