According to Korean ET News, Samsung Mobile’s Advanced Development Team has started work on 20 megapixel camera modules with the goal to ship them in second half of 2014. Which is right about the time their flagship Galaxy Note 4 phablet is scheduled to come out and should be the logical device to show off new camera capabilities.
Samsung decided to continue to increase its camera megapixel count as the main differentiating feature, after they failed to include Optical Image Stabilization function for its next generation 2014 flagships. Samsung expects that 25%, or 90 million of their smartphones in 2014 will be equipped with high end 16 megapixel camera modules. However, due to limited supply of some parts like autofocus actuators, those cameras won’t have OIS.
Thank’s to the huge volumes of flagship devices they ship, Samsung expects 16 megapixel cameras to become a new standard in high end devices next year, with pixel count moving to 20 million in 2015.