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Xiaomi to launch the world's first 64MP camera phone?

Xiaomi to launch world's first 64MP camera phone?

Xiaomi is set to become the first manufacturer to produce a camera phone with a 64-megapixel image sensor, according to a report from China. 

The company already makes phones with 48MP cameras, such as the flagship Xiaomi Mi 9 (opens in new tab), but now it's looking to push the envelope even further with a 64MP camera – which will be powered by a sensor produced by Samsung. 

The Samsung Isocell Bright GW1 (opens in new tab) was unveiled by the South Korean company in may, and it was widely anticipated that the Galaxy A70s would be the first phone on the market to feature the sensor. 

The Samsung Isocell Bright GW1 64MP sensor will be at the heart of the new phone

The Samsung Isocell Bright GW1 64MP sensor will be at the heart of the new phone

However, according to a report by tipster Ice Universe (opens in new tab) (by way of Money Control (opens in new tab)), it looks like Xiaomi will actually beat it to the punch and release a phone with the new sensor before Samsung itself does. 

According to Ice Universe's post on Weibo, while the exact phone model is not known, the sensor will make its debut on a Redmi phone in the Chinese market. It stands to reason that a global release would follow soon after. 

On sheer horsepower alone, this phone should be a top contender in the best camera phone (opens in new tab) stakes. 

In addition to its raw resolution, the Isocell Bright GW1 sensor employs Samsung's Tetracell technology to unify four pixels into one, producing high quality images even in low light conditions (though the resolution is subsequently lowered to 16MP). 

The Xiaomi Mi 9 has a 48MP camera, but the company wants to be first with a 64MP sensor

The Xiaomi Mi 9 has a 48MP camera, but the company wants to be first with a 64MP sensor

In good light, meanwhile, it uses Dual Conversion Gain to make more efficient use of the existing light, with a remosaic algorithm produces 64MP images with excellent clarity and quality. 

It's also capable of real-time HDR of up to 100dB (compared to the 60dB range of conventional image sensors), and it boasts a Super PD "high-performance phase detection auto-focus technology" for faster and sharper results. 

While there is no release window for Xiaomi's phone, the Samsung Galaxy A70s has been rumored to be announced in July. So, whichever device lands first, we shouldn't have to wait too long to see what the 64MP camera phone future looks like. 

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Samsung's 64MP camera phone sensor outmuscles any Canon or Nikon camera (opens in new tab)
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Xiaomi Mi 9 review (opens in new tab)

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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.