Samsung BRITECELL camera tech promises slim modules with improved light sensitivity
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is just a few months away, and smartphone fans will look to the flagship to see what we can expect from the state of top-of-the-line hardware in 2016. That’s going to mean components like a Snapdragon 820, to say nothing of Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 chip, but what what about camera hardware? Rumors have already kicked around some possibilities, like a split between Samsung-made and Sony imaging modules, or a big half-inch (but only 12MP) sensor. Now we get word of a new camera tech Samsung’s been cooking up that sounds like it has a solid shot of appearing on the Galaxy S7, something Samsung calls BRITECELL.
BRITECELL builds off the company’s ISOCELL system and further help improve light sensitivity. While ISOCELL is all about reducing cross-talk between sub-pixels (not just improving color accuracy but helping each to capture more light), BRITECELL replaces green sub-pixel elements with ones that are instead sensitive to wideband white light. Samsung’s image processing algorithms are still able to process the sensor data into an end image where all the colors (including green) look correct, and the absence of a green filters leaves the sensor able to capture more light.
A side-effect of this system is that manufacturers taking advantage of BRITECELL and ISOCELL can build smaller camera modules (up to 17 percent slimmer) that offer similar performance to larger components, allowing phone-makers to reduce phone thickness while not trading off on image quality.
Again, there’s no direct evidence that Samsung intends to bring a BRITECELL-based sensor to the Galaxy S7, but it sure would make a fine showcase to demonstrate a new imaging system like this.