In 2019, Qualcomm, the major mobile chipmaker, said that its processors support up to 192 megapixels camera sensors. Back then, that seemed like a ludicrously large sensor, but now, it might be launch as early as next month, according to a leak.
Back when the statement, as mentioned above, was made, 48-megapixel camera sensors had just been rumoured to launch soon. But now, we have already seen smartphone manufacturer’s shipping 108 megapixel sensors. Although, this number is also expected to be soon trumped as a new smartphone with a 192 megapixels camera sensor will reportedly be launched next month.
The news arrives from a post shared by a leakster on Weibo, the Chinese microblogging website. Another additional detail which was leaked included the model number SM7250. This is a model number for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 series. In other words, a Snapdragon 765 SoC series handset will sport a 192 megapixels sensor. Unfortunately, this brings the viability of the device into question.
While the Snapdragon 765 can indeed support a 192 megapixels camera, it can only support snapshots. Meaning, other crucial features like HDR or multi-frame processing will not be possible at that high resolution. So, it remains to- be seen just how well they optimize the sensor for the smartphone.
Unfortunately, finer details are unknown, and there might be a few workarounds to this. While we don’t know for sure which OEM plans on launching such a device, Qualcomm did previously mention it is working with partners to bring 200 megapixel sensors. So, it might not be that far fetched. Although this is a leak, so take it with a grain of salt for now.
The news about this leak came from the leakster Weibo’s page, which also added another detail, which is was the number of the chipset SM7250.
This is a model number for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 series. In other words, a Snapdragon 765 SoC series handset will sport a 192 megapixels sensor that will place the giant camera on a mid-range smartphone, possibly as we saw it on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Unfortunately, this brings the viability of the device into question.
Leakster Digital Chat Station is teasing an -upcoming phone with a 192MP image sensor and also a Snapdragon 765G (SM7250) and promises more info next month. One more teaser: it will not be the phone you expect. Samsung is already reported to be working on a large 150MP 1″ sensor, and Xiaomi is said to be the first in line to use it (later this year). Xiaomi was also the first to release a phone with a 108MP sensor. Anyway, the 150MP sensor is also heading to Oppo and Vivo phones (in 2021). The Snapdragon 765G chip makes it clear that this will be a premium mid-range phone, and the 192MP camera could…
Anyway, this is just a rumour and a tip and not very much information has been shared about the said chipset just yet. The OEM that might be implementing this chipset isn’t even, however, known or mentioned, so until more news is released, we might not have to take this too seriously.