The race of smartphone makers looking for the lens with the most megapixels has just won a boost from Qualcomm, which is responsible for developing most of the SoCs on the market.
During the Snapdragon Summit, an event aimed at introducing news to the smartphone market for 2020, the chipmaker introduced three new chips, the main one being the Snapdragon 865, which is expected to equip future flagships of 2020.
At the presentation, Qualcomm highlighted several new features that its new top-of-the-line SoC will bring about photography and filming, thanks to the new Spectra 480 ISP and Spectra + 5th Gen AI Engine. Snapdragon 865's new Image Signal Processor (ISP) can handle image data at up to 2 Gigapixels (GP) per second, which means it can handle photos up to 200 MP.
The company's new premium SoC features the world's most advanced 5G platform.
This does not specifically mean that by 2020 we will have devices with 200MP lenses, but this new support should make smartphone makers increasingly invest in developing bigger and better cameras.
As for filming, the Snapdragon 865 will now be able to record 4K video at 60 FPS, with HDR support and the ability to take photos at 64 MP while shooting. Qualcomm also says the new SoC guarantees support for video recordings up to 8K resolution at 30 FPS.
Still talking about the new Spectra 480 ISP, it offers up to 16% energy savings while recording 4K video, up to 18% more detail in photos and a huge 40% increase in pixel processing, thus further reducing possible noise in low light situations and offers up to nine times more autofocus points.
With all this news, future smartphones that will be equipped with the new Snapdragon 865 should take another big step in the quality of photos and videos recorded directly from the handsets.
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