Samsung unveiled today its new ISOCELL Slim 3T2 image sensor with an emphasis on its compact size. The new sensor makes use of the company’s ISOCELL Plus technology and features 20MP resolution that fits in a tiny 1/3.4″ form factor. According to the South-Korean manufacturer that’s the smallest sensor currently on the market.
The sensor comes with 0.8μm pixels and includes the Tetracell binning tech that combines pixels into one for better results in the low light conditions – The very same technology is being used on the Redmi Note 7 ISOCELL’s sensor and explains how the camera is able to capture 48MP pictures one time that the chipset (Snapdragon 660) doesn’t offer native support – Returning to the ISOCELL Slim 3T2 sensors, when there’s no much light the sensor acts as a 5MP unit with big 1.6μm pixels.
The new sensor can also be used as the main camera for telephoto purposes in which case it uses a standard RGB color filter instead of a Tetracell array. It reduces the sensor’s height even further by around 7% while retaining 60% higher effective resolution at 10x digital Zoom compared to a standard 13MP unit.
Despite all these cool scenarios where the camera can be possibly used, Samsung is advertising it as a perfect camera for notches or punch hole camera designs due to its small size. The Slim 3T2 is expected to go into mass production this quarter and will likely debut in future mid-range smartphones.