MWC 2018: Samsung Galaxy S9+ to reportedly feature Sony IMX345 sensor with f/1.4 aperture

The new sensor with a wider aperture could improve the smartphone's low-light capture capabilities.

  • Published: February 6, 2018 12:46 PM IST

Samsung is all set to launch the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones at MWC 2018, later this month. In the run up to the event, a lot has already been leaked about the new smartphones, including their design, specifications, price and features. While a few days ago we learned that the Galaxy S9 would come with a variable aperture camera, a new leak now sheds light on its sibling, the Galaxy S9+.

Known leaker MMDDJ tweeted about camera specifications of the Galaxy S9+. According to his tweet, the ‘Plus’ variant is likely to come with Sony IMX345 sensor, with sensor size of 1/2.55-inch, 12-megapixel resolution and aperture f/1.4, the biggest ever on a smartphone. While the sensor is expected to be a part of Sony’s Exmor series, nothing much is known about it.

Compared to previous iterations of Sony sensors, the first digit of the series is ‘three.’ This means, it could closely follow IMX318 sensor’s prowess, including three-axis stabilization and the ability of shooting moving subjects, thanks to hybrid auto-focus. For those who aren’t aware, the lower the f value, the bigger the aperture, and more light it will allow to pass through.

Last year’s Galaxy S8 camera (IMX333) has the same sensor size, however the aperture is f/1.7. A wider aperture on the Galaxy S9+ could help with details, blur effects and lighting. But as the sensor size and megapixels are the same as the Galaxy S8, the image quality improvements are likely to come with better software and wider aperture.

Also, from what we know so far, the Galaxy S9 will come with a single camera setup, whereas the Galaxy S9+ will come with a dual camera setup. Both smartphones are also expected to come with improved iris scanner and new 3D facial recognition tech, just like the one we have seen on the Apple iPhone X.

Under the hood, both smartphones are expected to be powered by Exynos 9810 SoC or Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, which will be region dependant. While the Galaxy S9 is rumored to come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, the Plus variant is likely to come with 6GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Lastly, rumors also hint that both smartphones could be the most expensive in Samsung’s Galaxy S-line.

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  • Published Date: February 6, 2018 12:46 PM IST