Samsung has not yet unveiled the Galaxy S5 or Note 4, but it did speak officially this week about the new camera tech that those devices are likely to sport.
Throughout 2014 and 2015, Samsung's flagship handsets will feature a 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera sensor, the company told around 350 analysts at a conference in Seoul yesterday.
The ISOCELL sensor is Samsung's new innovation in mobile cameras. The company said it improves picture quality by physically isolating individual pixels.
With the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 expected to drop next year, it seems safe to assume that the ISOCELL sensor tech will indeed make it onto those devices.
Samsung's new 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera was first mentioned in rumors last month.
The Korean company confirmed its existence to analysts this week, but we still haven't seen it in action.
According to Samsung, ISOCELL provides for better shooting in low-light conditions as well as higher color fidelity.
It's the evolution of the BSI (Back Side Illumination) sensor, which itself evolved from the FSI (Front Side Illumination) camera.
In the ISOCELL sensor, Samsung has reportedly erected a literal, physical barrier between every pixel.
That amounts to less overlap in what the pixels absorb, creating higher-quality, sharper images.
The original rumor claimed that a Samsung device with the model number S5K4H5YB will be the first to carry the ISOCELL camera, but it will only be 8 megapixels on that model.
The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are great, but their cameras are not very impressive next to recent efforts from companies like Nokia.
Samsung is likely feeling pressure to step up its phone camera game, and it sounds like ISOCELL might be just the thing when it arrives next year.
Of course, (OIS) Optical Image Stabilization would be nice as well, and Samsung reportedly made no mention of that at its analyst conference this week.
We're hoping to see the Galaxy S5 as early as February, and the Note 4 is even farther off, perhaps coming next fall.
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