Why Huawei, Honor and Sony won’t launch 100 MP smartphones in 2020

Huawei and Honor have long worked with Sony on the photo partHowever, news from Honor and Sony suggests that the three manufacturers will, unlike Xiaomi and Samsung, stay away from the megapixel race in 2020. Honor, in particular, explains that beyond 100 megapixels, it is no longer possible to have photosites large enough to capture enough light. The three groups thus seem to bet more on an increase in the size of photosites beyond one micron. 

Xiaomi has launched a Mi Note 10 with a 108 MP photosensor and in 2020 it is expected that Samsung will follow with at least one Galaxy S20 with a 100 MP photosensor. After years of calm, the race for megapixels in smartphones, therefore, seems to have picked up again. Nevertheless, is it really reasonable? Is a sensor with increased definition necessarily better? These two questions seem to be dividing the industry a lot right now. So much so that two camps seem to be forming. Honor is clearly in favor of a different strategy.

Larger pixels are better than more pixels

The Huawei subsidiary explains in an interview taken up in an article in the Chinese blog MyDrivers:  “When you reach 100 MP, it is difficult to exceed a size of 0.8 µm for photosites. We believe with Sony that a pixel size of 1 µm or larger will provide the required high-end image quality and sensitivity. In 2020, our flagship will resolutely choose larger photosites ”. Honor and Huawei are part of the same group. And the MyDrivers blog, therefore, expects Huawei to follow exactly the same path.

The site explains that “the next generation of Huawei P40 flagships will use five photosensors. The main sensor is a custom 52 MP Sony sensor ” . The physical size of the sensor would be 1.33 ″ to precisely have the largest possible pixels and capture more light in photo and video. The site also notes that if rumors were of a new Sony 100 MP sensor to be released in 2020, this leak has not yet materialized by any solid information. Knowing that Samsung has already been manufacturing 108 MP sensors since August 2019, Sony does not seem to be in a hurry to follow the same direction.

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