In recent years, smartphone master pixel levels have been rising. While many mid- to high-end cameramasters embrace 48 megapixels, Xiaomi has pioneered 108 megapixels, but this is not the pinnacle of smartphones: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor, announced today, can support up to 200 million pixels of sensors and plans to launch next year.
Qualcomm didn’t give further details at the SnapDragon technology summit, saying only that it was working with camera makers to develop a 200-pixel sensor for smartphones, the first to support the latest Snapdragon 865. Qualcomm says the reason for this is that it allows users to zoom in on the picture while retaining details. Of course, as we’ve seen in the current 48MP and 108MP sensors, the pixels in the sensor may also merge to make each pixel brighter.
In addition, Qualcomm announced a number of other features supported in its latest chipset. For example, thanks to improved image processing, you can take high-resolution snapshots while recording 4K video. Currently, taking snapshots at the time of recording is limited to the resolution of the video, but the new chipset will remove this limitation.
As part of the Snapdragon 865, the Spectra 480 image signal processor has many other improvements. It has a dedicated noise-cancelling core that improves low-light shooting and provides 18% photo texture. It also supports larger autofocus areas, making it easier to capture details that are not centered in the frame.