Nokia selects Samsung for 5 megapixel CMOS sensors
Nokia has selected Samsung Electronics as their supplier of 5 megapixel CMOS sensors to be used in company’s phones, DigiTimes writes.
Up till now, Nokia has been buying the majority of their low- and mid-range CMOS sensors from the Swiss STMicroelectronics, but switched to the Korean producer because it’s faster than STMicroelectronics in bringing new products to the market.
Nokia still gets CMOS sensors for their high end camera phones from companies like OmniVision or Aptina, which specialize in producing imaging technologies.
With this in mind, I’d make a guess that Nokia will start putting cheaper 5 megapixel cameras (likely the ones with Samsung sensors) on their mid-range phones soon – the models which are currently equipped with 3.2 Mpx ones. This, in turn, could mean that the high-end Nokia phones will soon get a boost in the camera area as well – perhaps 3X optical zoom, or camera sensors in the range of 7 – 8 megapixels.
Remember, that Nokia was the first company to introduce a successful high-end, mass market phone with a built-in 5 megapixel camera – Nokia N95. If anyone should make a first step to introduce another popular high-end phone with even more powerful cameras, it might very well be Nokia again.