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

Following a leak in February, Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra went official these days. This phone’s primary claim to fame is the inclusion of a second show tucked away in the camera bump. Plus, now that the official specs are out, we can see that “world’s biggest camera bump” also homes 1 of the world’s biggest smartphone camera sensors, the Samsung GN2.

The base specs are on the higher finish for a higher-finish 2021 Android telephone: a 120 Hz, six.81-inch, 3200×1440 front OLED show a Snapdragon 888 12GB of RAM 256GB of storage IP68 dust and water resistance Android 11 with MIUI and a 5000 mAh battery. Xiaomi provides 67 W wired and wireless charging, which, along with OnePlus, is a tier above most other phones. Xiaomi touted the 5000 mAh battery as becoming a “silicon-oxygen” battery, even though the business failed to point to any critical advantage from its new battery formula. There’s also Wi-Fi 6E, which tremendously expands the capacity of Wi-Fi by adding six GHz spectrum alongside the current two.four Ghz and five GHz bands.

On the back, you get a 1.1-inch, 126×294 show with touch assistance. Xiaomi says the rear show supports an usually-on show mode displaying the time, date, and notifications. It can also act as a tiny viewfinder for rear-camera selfies. There are 3 rear cameras, but the large news is that the primary camera attributes a Samsung GN2 sensor. This is a giant 50 MP, 1/1.12″ sensor, with a 1.4μm pixel size and quad pixel binning. The 1/1.12″ sensor size implies contemporary smartphones are finally beginning to match the Nokia 808’s hardware, a groundbreaking camera telephone released all the way back in 2012. The 808 also had a 1/1.12″ sensor with a 1.4μm pixel size, and in spite of becoming 9 years old, it is still able to stand up to contemporary devices.

Since the Nokia 808 launch, contemporary image stacking strategies and newer AI models imply smartphone producers can squeeze additional and additional photo high quality out of a smaller sized camera sensor. Those are all improvements in camera application, even though, and if telephone producers would give up on their obsession with thin devices, there are main advancements that could be created in camera hardware, also. There was absolutely nothing actually magic about the Nokia 808—Nokia just prioritized camera hardware in the 13.9 mm-thick physique. Xiaomi appears to have followed a equivalent strategy—it lists the Mi 11 Ultra at eight.three mm, but it appears like that measurement is without having the camera bump. With the camera bump, the telephone appears to be two or three mm thicker. Samsung is not the only business pushing larger camera sensors—the Sony IMX800 is rumored to be a 1″ sensor.

No telephone can go out the door these days without having several rear cameras, so the device is also packing what appears to be common-problem 48 MP wide-angle and 5x optical zoom cameras, each utilizing the Sony IMX 586.

The camera bump is not the only point unique about this telephone. The device attributes a uncommon ceramic back—a function we final skilled on the Essential Phone. We can not say ceramic has any large advantages more than the usual glass back. It’s typically stated to be additional scratch-resistant, but it is just as prone to shattering. Xiaomi also says the phone’s Harman Kardon stereo speakers (a Samsung brand) are “the loudest in the market.”

The Mi 11 Ultra goes on sale internationally (Xiaomi’s press release does not say when) for €1,199, or about $1,411.

Listing image by Xiaomi

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