Week 3 in review: Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 200MP sensor is official
We were no longer surprised by the Galaxy S23 series dominating our news section to which week 3 was no exception.
Samsung has announced the 200MP ISOCELL HP2 sensor which will be the flagship feature of the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The imager is 1/1.3″ with 0.6μm pixels and can pixel-bin (Tetra2pixel, in Samsung lingo) 4 to 1 for 1.2μm pixels and 50MP resolution or 16 to 1 for 2.4μm pixels and 12.5MP resolution.The sensor comes with a dual vertical transfer gate (D-VTG) to avoid blown highlights.It claims to increase the total well capacity of over 33%, meaning an individual pixel can gather a third more light before clipping in. Super QPD technology recognizes both horizontal and vertical patterns to deliver fast, accurate autofocus even in low light conditions.
The ISOCELL HP2 is the first sensor that uses Samsung’s DSG (Dual Slope Gain) function in 50MP mode. It applies two separate conversion values to the received analog signal at the pixel level, bringing “super HDR performance”. This means it can capture both exposures simultaneously avoiding the risk of loss of detail in classic HDR mode. Moreover, it allows it to shoot 4K HDR videos at 60 fps.
The Galaxy S23 series will use a custom Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset with a higher clock speed, called “Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy”.
We also got detailed charts that reveal just about every feature of the Galaxy S23 Ultra and detailed Galaxy S23 and S23+ specs.
A report has come out that Samsung may raise prices for the Galaxy S23 series in key markets. A day later we saw price leaks for the US, which are the same as on the S22 series. This could mean that the prices will be the same all over the world or only in the United States, we will know for sure on February 1st.
Apple announced the M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets, as well as the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the new Mac mini that can be configured with the new processors. The Apple M2 Pro chipset is built on a second-generation 5nm node and features 40 billion transistors, 20% more than the M1 Pro. The new chip also supports up to 32 GB of unified memory with 200 GB/s bandwidth. The M2 Pro features 10 or 12 CPU cores – 6 or 8 high-performance cores plus 4 high-efficiency cores – as well as up to 19 GPU cores, plus a larger L2 cache. The Apple M2 Max chip has 67 billion transistors, three times more than the M2 base. Additionally, it supports up to 96GB of Unified Memory (4x what the M2 can handle) running at 400GB/s (twice as fast as the M2 Pro). The processor is the same as the 12-core version of the M2 Pro. The GPU is twice as large with up to 38 cores, the L2 cache is even larger.
Finally, Tecno showed off a concept phone, called Phantom Vision V, with a rollable, foldable screen that can reach up to 10.1 inches when fully extended.
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It arrives with Snapdragon 8 Gen2 in France.
The Galaxy S23 series will be unveiled on February 1.
The base models will all cost the same as on the S22 series.
The new UI is based on Android 13.
Expect to pay around $100 or more than for their predecessors when they launched.
The sensor is 1/1.3″ in size with 0.6um pixels and is the company’s most advanced sensor to date.
Samsung may use a “droplet” hinge mechanism that it patented in 2016.
It will be called “Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy”.
The Tecno Phantom Vision V is a rollable foldable concept with a 10.1-inch display.
The company claims to have “the widest distribution of 5G devices” in the South Asian country.
The phone will have three cameras on the back and a flat AMOLED on the front.
Mac mini also gets a price drop for the base variant.
The M2 Pro has up to 12 CPU cores and up to 19 GPU cores, compared to 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores on the base M2. The M2 Max boosts the GPU to 38 cores.
JP Morgan analysts have been tracking shipping estimates and report that the iPhone 14 Pro production issues are finally over.
Two versions called Matte and Void replace the Pro and Pro+.
The budget phone has 2GB of RAM and an option for an additional 2GB of virtual RAM. HMD promises 2 years of quarterly security patches.
Hints at improved camera performance on its upcoming Galaxy S23 phones.
This camera will be exclusive to this generation’s Pro Max, with the smaller Pro expected to get a periscope next year.
All three Note 12 models launched on January 11. Even before that, online retailers reported over 8 million searches for new models.
You can open blinds, adjust the air purifier, control your Samsung Smart TV and ring SmartTags.
It sports a 6.56-inch IPS LCD screen, Helio A22 chipset, and a 5,000mAh battery.
Chinese users get 100W faster charging.
Looks like the launch could be imminent.
Here are the prices for the new M2-powered Macs. There are many configurations available and it quickly becomes confusing.
The Book3 Pro 360 will offer a 16-inch Super AMOLED display and 13th Gen Intel processors.