11 April 2019
In the past couple of years or so, we have seen smartphone makers indulge in the war of megapixel counts when it comes to touting mobile photography. Most recently, the trend is revolving around the 48-megapixel sensor which we have seen in the likes of Honor View 20, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Oppo F11 Pro, and Vivo V15 Pro. But it looks like the battle is about to get intense as Qualcomm has updated its processors' spec sheets to reflect support for up to 192-megapixel shooters.
The newly added 192MP camera support is available on select processors like Snapdragon 855, Snapdragon 845, Snapdragon 710, Snapdragon 675, and Snapdragon 670. This support is for the single rear shooter which means if a smartphone is released with a 192-megapixel sensor in the future, it will be featuring only that sensor. Additionally, camera sensor makers will have to develop a 192MP shooter first as it is currently unavailable in the market.
Other than this, the updated spec-sheet for Qualcomm processors show a bunch of other specifications and features in details as well. These include Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR) and Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL). The first technology is aimed at capturing multiple shots at once and then stacking them together to reduce the noise as much as possible. On another hand, ZSL is all about keeping a buffer of shots just when the camera app is launched and then choosing one of those shots, when the shoot button is tapped, to eliminate the lag in clicking a photo.
In other news, Qualcomm is currently busy working with smartphone makers in bringing 5G network connectivity to future smartphones. It is working with almost all the major OEMs including Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and LG. One should be expecting to see more and more 5G devices coming as the year will proceed.