Samsung Introduces New Ultra-Slim 20Mp ISOCELL Image Sensor for Full-Screen Display Smartphones

The 0.8μm-pixel ISOCELL Slim 3T2 brings high-resolution images with
the smallest form factor in the industry at 1/3.4 inches

SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor
technology, today introduced its smallest high-resolution image sensor,
the ISOCELL Slim 3T2. While being the industry’s most compact image
sensor at 1/3.4 inches (approximately 5.1-millimeters diagonally), the
0.8μm-pixel ISOCELL Slim 3T2 delivers 20-megapixel (Mp) resolution for
both front and back cameras in today’s sleekest mid-range smartphones.

“The ISOCELL Slim 3T2 is our smallest and most versatile 20Mp image
sensor that helps mobile device manufacturers bring differentiated
consumer value not only in camera performance but also in features
including hardware design,” said Jinhyun Kwon, vice president of System
LSI sensor marketing at Samsung Electronics. “As the demand for advanced
imaging capabilities in mobile devices continue to grow, we will keep
pushing the limits in image sensor technologies for richer user

With 20-million active 0.8μm-sized pixels, the ISOCELL Slim 3T2 not just
provides excellent clarity and detail. It also offers high color
fidelity by adopting Samsung’s ISOCELL Plus technology that enables
sensors to capture and absorb more light information for accurate color
reproduction even with sub-micrometer-sized pixels.

In order to support smartphones with the latest display features such as
the ‘hole-in display’ or ‘notch design,’ front-facing image sensors need
to minimize their size while being able to capture high-quality images.
The 1/3.4-inch 3T2 snuggly fits into a tiny module making more space for
the display. In addition, Samsung’s Tetracell technology, which merges
four pixels to work as one, lets the 3T2 take brighter and sharper
pictures in low-light settings as the color filter array’s light
sensitivity increases to that of a 1.6μm-pixel image sensor at 5Mp

When applied in rear-facing multi-camera settings for telephoto
solutions, the 3T2 adopts an RGB color filter array instead of Tetracell
technology. The small size of the image sensor also reduces the height
of the tele-camera module by around seven percent when compared to
Samsung’s 1/3-inch 20Mp image sensor, allowing more elegant smartphone
designs. Compared to a 13Mp sensor with the same module height, the 20Mp
3T2 retains 60-percent higher effective resolution at 10x digital zoom
that presents clearer and more accurate results.

The Samsung ISOCELL Slim 3T2 is expected to be in mass production in the
first quarter of this year.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative
ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs,
smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network
systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the
latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.


Lisa Warren-Plungy
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
408 544 5377
[email protected]


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