Smartphones are finally matching 2012’s Nokia 808 in camera sensor size

Following a leak in February, Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra went official at present. This telephone’s fundamental declare to fame is the inclusion of a second show tucked away within the digital camera bump. Plus, now that the official specs are out, we will see that “world’s largest digital camera bump” additionally homes one of many world’s largest smartphone digital camera sensors, the Samsung GN2.

The bottom specs are on the excessive finish for a high-end 2021 Android telephone: a 120 Hz, 6.81-inch, 3200×1440 entrance OLED show; a Snapdragon 888; 12GB of RAM; 256GB of storage; IP68 mud and water resistance; Android 11 with MIUI; and a 5000 mAh battery. Xiaomi affords 67 W wired and wi-fi charging, which, together with OnePlus, is a tier above most different telephones. Xiaomi touted the 5000 mAh battery as being a “silicon-oxygen” battery, though the corporate did not level to any severe profit from its new battery system. There’s additionally Wi-Fi 6E, which tremendously expands the capability of Wi-Fi by including 6 GHz spectrum alongside the prevailing 2.four Ghz and 5 GHz bands.

On the again, you get a 1.1-inch, 126×294 show with contact help. Xiaomi says the rear show helps an always-on show mode exhibiting the time, date, and notifications. It might additionally act as a tiny viewfinder for rear-camera selfies. There are three rear cameras, however the huge information is that the principle digital camera encompasses a Samsung GN2 sensor. It is a large 50 MP, 1/1.12″ sensor, with a 1.4μm pixel dimension and quad pixel binning. The 1/1.12″ sensor dimension means trendy smartphones are lastly beginning to match the Nokia 808’s hardware, a groundbreaking digital camera telephone launched all the way in which again in 2012. The 808 additionally had a 1/1.12″ sensor with a 1.4μm pixel dimension, and regardless of being 9 years outdated, it is still able to stand up to trendy gadgets.

Because the Nokia 808 launch, trendy picture stacking methods and newer AI fashions imply smartphone producers can squeeze increasingly photograph high quality out of a smaller digital camera sensor. These are all enhancements in digital camera software program, although, and if telephone producers would quit on their obsession with skinny gadgets, there are main developments that may very well be made in digital camera hardware, too. There was nothing actually magic concerning the Nokia 808—Nokia simply prioritized digital camera hardware within the 13.9 mm-thick physique. Xiaomi appears to have adopted an analogous technique—it lists the Mi 11 Extremely at eight.three mm, nevertheless it appears like that measurement is with out the digital camera bump. With the digital camera bump, the telephone appears to be 2 or three mm thicker. Samsung is not the one firm pushing greater digital camera sensors—the Sony IMX800 is rumored to be a 1″ sensor.

No telephone can exit the door at present with out a number of rear cameras, so the gadget can also be packing what appears to be standard-issue 48 MP wide-angle and 5x optical zoom cameras, each utilizing the Sony IMX 586.

The digital camera bump is not the one factor particular about this telephone. The gadget encompasses a uncommon ceramic again—a function we final skilled on the Important Cellphone. We will not say ceramic has any enormous advantages over the standard glass again. It is usually stated to be extra scratch-resistant, nevertheless it’s simply as liable to shattering. Xiaomi additionally says the telephone’s Harman Kardon stereo audio system (a Samsung model) are “the loudest within the business.”

The Mi 11 Extremely goes on sale internationally (Xiaomi’s press launch doesn’t say when) for €1,199, or about $1,411.

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