Samsung Galaxy S7 could feature new ‘BRITECELL’ camera sensor [TRADEMARK]


Samsung was pretty enthusiastic over their in-house ISOCELL camera tech that debuted inside the Galaxy S5 a few years back. Samsung said it was the ever increasing “market pressure” that lead them to build their own high quality sensor (Sony has practically cornered the market on mobile image sensors) with ISOCELL providing less cross-pixel interference than normal BSI sensors.

While we haven’t heard much in regard to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7, improving the already stellar camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6/Edge/Plus/Note 5 seems like an obvious move. We’re not entirely sure how they plan on doing that yet, but a recent trademark filing could be giving us a major clue.

A Samsung trademark for something called BRITECELL was uncovered and while there’s not really not much to go on, the name alone suggests the sensor will somehow capture more light than Samsung’s previous attempts. The biggest shortcoming with any smartphone camera is its relatively small sensor size, although we’ve seen Sony combat this with the ExmorR IMX 377 found on devices like the Nexus 6P. Along with larger 1/2.3″ image sensor, the IMX 377 also features bigger 1.5 micron pixels to help capture more light than older hardware.

Given that it was previously rumored that the Galaxy S7 would feature an even larger 12MP 1/2″ image sensor (hopefully not at the cost of OIS), BRITECELL is starting to make a little more sense. There were even rumors that Samsung could go with a dual-camera setup, possibly even switching to the 12MP shooter during low lighting conditions, but nothing has been confirmed.

[GalaxyClub | via SamMobile]



Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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