The megapixel race is back? According to a Qualcomm representative, 64 megapixel and more than 100 megapixel sensors are already planned for smartphones that will come out by the end of 2019.
The photo is an important ground in the war of smartphones. Efforts in this area have multiplied throughout the existence of the market. However, the race for megapixels was quickly replaced by the race for the best performances of night, then the multiple sensors with different objectives.
Will we return to the megapixel race in 2019? The Honor View 20 highlights its 48-megapixel main sensor, as does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7. These would be only the first of a line according to Qualcomm.
64 and 100 megapixel photo sensors from the end of 2019
Asked by the MySmartPrice website, Judd Heape, general product manager for Qualcomm, said the automakers were already working on 64-megapixel sensors and more than 100 megapixels for their smartphones.
More interestingly, these sensors would be intended for products planned for the end of 2019. "Multiple" brands would already be in this technological niche, reinforcing the idea of a return to this particular competition based on the biggest figure.
A more controlled return?
This race to the largest number has always been a problem in the general Tech sector: a greater number is certainly speaking for the general public, but has never guaranteed a better quality.
However, we can hope for a smarter competition. Technologies like pixel-binning, popular on mobile and that adds the information of several pixels to form one, take advantage of the number of megapixels to improve the low-light quality by way of example.
Let's hope that if this race is brought to reappear, it will be primarily on the associated techniques for better photo quality.