Forget 64MP, Xiaomi will launch four 108MP phones this year

by September 4, 2019 0 comments

After making waves in the Indian smartphone market by introducing 48MP Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Chinese smartphone marker, which was rumoured to be working on a 64MP phone is also reported to launch four phones this year that will come with 108MP image sensors developed by Samsung.

The four 108MP phones are codenamed ‘tucana’, ‘draco’, ‘umi’, and ‘cmi’ and could belong to either the Mi or the Redmi brand. The devices are expected to succeed the Mi Mix 3.

Last month, Samsung announced its 108MP image sensor that are called ISOCELL Bright HMX. These sensors are 0.8μm in size and allow users to click DSLR-like pictures from smartphones. The sensor packs a smart ISO mechanism that allows it to click good pictures both in low light as well as in the bright environment by automatically adjusting the illumination of the environment.

Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX is a one-of-a-kind mobile image sensor and developed in collaboration between Xiaomi Corp. and Samsung. Being the first mobile image sensor to adopt a large 1/1.33-inch size, the HMX can absorb more light in low-lit settings than smaller sensors and its pixel-merging Tetracell technology allows the sensor to imitate big-pixel sensors, producing bright 27MP images. For advanced filming, the HMX supports video recording without losses in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384) 30-frames-per-second (fps).

Xiaomi has also collaborated with Vivo, and Oppo to bring a new wireless file transfer protocol similar to AirDrop, which will work across their devices. According to a WeChat post from Xiaomi’s official MIUI account, Xiaomi’s MIUI, Oppo’s ColorOS, and Vivo’s FuntouchOS — all based on Android — will integrate that peer-to-peer system.

The new file transfer protocol will utilize Bluetooth maintain a connection between a pair of devices and would be capable of transfer speeds of up to 20MB/s, which clearly indicates that it the new protocol uses Wi-Fi on the backend, similar to Apple’s AirDrop feature.

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