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This is why 100MP smartphones seem like a terrible idea

Last year saw the return of the 40MP smartphone to the table, five years after the Nokia Lumia 1020 delivered a 41MP camera. The ante has been upped considerably since then, as the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi, and others offer 48MP cameras.

But in an interview with MySmartPrice last month, a Qualcomm executive claimed that phones with 64MP and 100MP sensors are coming. In fact, the executive told the outlet that a number of OEMs will be releasing phones with 64MP and 100MP+ cameras by the end of 2019. A phone with a 100MP+ sensor in particular sounds like an awful idea, and here’s why.

Why did we go high-res in the first place?

The Huawei P20 Pro.

Smartphone camera sensors have to be very thin and small in order to fit into today’s smartphone designs. This reduced size means that the sensor’s photo sites or pixels — used to actually capture light — have to be cut down in size as well. Smaller photo sites/pixels are simply unable to capture as much light as larger ones, making a big difference in low light. Sensor manufacturers have traditionally been caught between using many small pixels (a higher resolution that fares poorly at night) or fewer, larger pixels (a lower resolution that does better at night).

In recent years however, smartphone sensors have begun using pixel-binning technology to essentially combine data from four pixels into one “super pixel.” This comes at the expense of resolution, with the output resolution usually a quarter of the sensor’s maximum resolution. Sony’s IMX586 48MP camera sensor is a great example of this technology, as its pixels are quite tiny (0.8 microns), but pixel-binning essentially produces the equivalent of a 12MP 1.6-micron pixel image.

Why would 100MP smartphones be bad?

This technology clearly works for 48MP cameras, as evident by the likes of the Honor View 20 and Redmi Note 7 Pro, but a 100MP smartphone is a significant challenge even before you take pixel-binning into account.

The biggest challenge is to simply fit all those pixels onto a smartphone sensor. One solution is to increase the size of the sensor to accommodate all these pixels while still maintaining pixel size, resulting in a massive camera bump. Another option is to dramatically reduce the size of the pixels while relying on pixel-binning for low-light shots.

A 100MP smartphone camera will likely have pixels that are too small for even pixel-binning to make a big difference.

As we know it today, pixel-binning might not be able to produce great results with a 100MP camera, as the pixels could be far too small. A 100MP camera sensor with 0.3- or 0.4-micron pixels will essentially produce pixel-binned results that are equivalent to a 25MP 0.6-micron or 0.8-micron camera. It seems like a lot of work for inferior low-light results, especially when you compare it to phones like the Galaxy S10 Plus and Pixel 3. Both of these devices offer a 12MP 1.4-micron pixel main camera. Heck, the OnePlus 6T and its 16MP 1.22-micron pixel camera also seems like it would offer better results on paper than a 100MP pixel-binned camera.

Even if 100MP smartphones adopted a much bigger sensor size and only see a slight reduction in pixel size (to 0.5- or 0.6-micron pixels), you’re still looking at results that are effectively the equivalent of a 25MP 1- or 1.2-micron pixel camera — a way off from 48MP phones. The difference is that you’ve now got a gigantic camera bump to deal with. But at least you’ve got oodles of resolvable detail during the day, right?

Say goodbye to storage

A SIM and microSD card tray.

Another important consideration with 100MP smartphones is their output file size. Your typical 40MP shot on a Huawei flagship can vary from 7MB all the way up to 15MB. This means you’re potentially looking at a 100MP snap weighing in at over double the size, in excess of 30MB per snap. That’s before you get to RAW territory, with the Galaxy S8‘s RAW snaps coming in at just under 24MBs, while the Mate 20 Pro’s DNG images weigh in at roughly 80MB. A RAW image taken by a 100MP camera will undoubtedly be exponentially larger.

It’s worth noting that today’s 48MP and 40MP smartphones generally shoot at their pixel-binned resolution by default, so we’d expect the same from 100MP phones. You can still expect a noteworthy file size increase as these phones would likely shoot at a pixel-binned 25MP. There are also technologies like the HEIF format to reduce file sizes while maintaining picture quality. It’s clear that any 100MP phone without this technology is almost certainly going to require a ton of storage.

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We also need to take image processing into account. Great smartphone photography is about more than just capturing a simple scene, as multi-frame processing, machine learning, image segmentation, and other techniques are the life-blood of the best mobile cameras. Today’s ultra-high-resolution smartphone cameras can indeed deliver pixel-binned shots that get the full processing treatment. However, few chips today offer support for processed 48MP snaps, let alone processing at even higher resolutions.

Speaking of chips, horsepower is another challenge for 100MP smartphones. Qualcomm has already staked a claim to supporting 192MP snapshots (i.e. images without additional processing) with its recent SoCs, but the execution is another question. Using the Mate 20 Pro’s RAW mode already results in a brief “saving” notification and some lag. We’ve also seen how the Nokia 9 PureView copes with a ton of imaging data, albeit from different cameras, as it takes ages to process and actually save these snaps.

All of this isn’t to say that there isn’t a benefit to offering a 100MP smartphone camera. The key benefit is that you could gain plenty of resolvable detail for zooming during the day. But why go there when today’s smartphones offer telephoto secondary cameras and even periscope zoom anyway? Unless sensor manufacturers have figured out an all-new way to distill 100MP of information into a good quality night shot, this seems like a bad idea.

NEXT: Why the Google Pixel 3a could be a game-changer

This week in Android: The Samsung Galaxy unFolding

Samsung Galaxy Fold tablet mode in hand

This week’s biggest story was undoubtedly the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Early review copies have tons of issues that won’t be fixed before the April 26 release date. It might be the first to market, but consumers looking to buy folding phones might want to hold off.

The Galaxy Fold wasn’t the only phone we got our hands on this week. We also got a first look at the Oppo Reno, the Samsung Galaxy A70, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7. There are also more and more rumors coming out about the OnePlus 7, which looks to be just around the corner. We even got a glimpse at new renders for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

Apple and Qualcomm managed to come to an agreement that will likely result in Qualcomm modems making their way into future iPhones (plus a hefty $6 billion payment). Not surprisingly, Intel dropped all plans for 5G smartphone modems shortly thereafter. 


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Google receives over one trillion searches each year. The first page of Google search results get the vast majority of that traffic, and ultimately more profits. If you’re not currently ranking on the first page of search engines, you’re missing out.

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Deal: The $100 Bluetooth 5 AirTaps are under $40 today

AirPods may be the standard bearer for wireless Bluetooth earbuds, but at $160 a pair, you know that you’re paying a big premium for the Apple name. There are plenty of budget alternatives, and you won’t see many bigger savings than the Bluetooth 5.0 AirTaps from Trndlabs.

The AirTaps have a sleek, true-wireless design to ensure minimal bulk, and they come with a lightweight charging case. Not only is the case handy for keeping the buds together, but it also gives you an extra 10 hours battery life.

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The playback time from the AirTaps is already up to four hours, so with the extra juice from the charging case, you can go all day without needing a power socket.

The AirTaps use Bluetooth 5.0 for enhanced connectivity with your device, so they won’t lag or drop out while you’re enjoying your favorite tunes. They’re pretty damn stylish too.

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Anker’s highly rated smartphone accessories are up to 40% off on Amazon

Anker Amazon Sale April 20, 2019

Did you just buy a new smartphone? Need a new set of USB-C cables or a battery pack for your next trip? Well, an assortment of Anker accessories are currently seeing significant discounts on Amazon. 

If you have never heard of Anker before, it’s probably because you’ve been living under a tree. All jokes aside, this company makes pretty much everything you would ever need to go along with your smartphone, tablet, or other electronics. 

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If you’re worried about the discounted prices, don’t. As you will learn by reading customer reviews and each item’s page, Anker takes pride in its products and certifies that they should work without issue. 

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We asked, you told us: Oppo Reno’s shark fin selfie camera is neat, but is a no-go

Oppo Reno Hands On shark fin popup camera

Urged on by customers, smartphone companies have done their best to eliminate screen bezel. While this has resulted in some introducing features such as notches, others such as Oppo, Samsung, and Vivo have introduced motorized pop-up cameras.

Each company has taken on the pop-up mechanism in its own but relatively similar fashion. Oppo Reno’s camera module, on the other hand, slides up at an angle. This shark fin design is unique and differentiates it from the competition.

So we decided to ask you, are you a fan of the Oppo Reno’s shark fin selfie camera? Here’s what you had to say.

Oppo Reno shark fin selfie camera

Results

Out of the roughly 23 thousand votes across the website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, just over 50 percent were against the Oppo Reno’s shark fin camera and flash module. Similar to past polls, voters on the site were the only ones to differ from the rest of the pack as they voted for the unique design.

Looking through the comment section, it appears as those most aren’t actually against the shark fin design, but instead against motorized/moving pieces on smartphones. Just like what we’ve seen with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, pieces of debris can quickly get between moving parts and cause damage. Many fear that something similar would happen, causing the front-facing camera to no longer work.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the best comments from last week’s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:

  • Wonder what happens the first time you drop it on the top edge while the camera is extended? The current mania for bezel free phones is ludicrous. It offer no real world benefit. So you get a couple of extra lines of text on a web page. So what? And all the compromises that end up being made to achieve that are creating phones that are less functional, not more.
  • I like the design, but had to vote nay because of no secure face unlock and no water resistance. I’ve gotten spoiled by no notch, no hole punch, better than average water resistance, stereo speakers, dual front cameras, and 3D face mapping.
  • I think it looks good, tho a hole punch is better because it doesn’t have compromises like water resistance
  • If durability isn’t a problem it’s much more preferable than a punch hole or water drop camera. However, we rarely use the selfie camera so we couldn’t care less if there is one at all. I’m guessing we may be in the minority in that sense. Although we don’t know anyone personally that does that every day or even every other day save for special occasions.
  • I can see dirt getting stuck in there or scratching it up maybe the leaver gets broken it gets pulled on
  • Why people hate things that are different? I think it looks cool lol I welcome all change

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.

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Deal: Get a Samsung Galaxy S9 for $275 if you switch to Cricket

Since the Samsung Galaxy S9 is now just over a year old, it’s already seen some pretty deep discounts. However, this Samsung Galaxy S9 deal at Cricket Wireless is something else.

Right now, if you port your number to Cricket, you can grab a new Galaxy S9 for just $275. Coincidentally, Samsung itself has the device on sale right now, and even that sale still has it at $500, literally twice the price.

Of course, you do need to port your number to Cricket Wireless, which is certainly a bit of a roadblock in this Samsung Galaxy S9 deal. You also can’t port your number from AT&T — all other carriers are OK, but since Cricket is an AT&T sub-brand, no AT&T ports are allowed for this deal.

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The fine print for the deal says that it is only valid for online sales and runs from now until May 18, 2019. It also says that the device “may” be restricted to Cricket Wireless service for six months after activation, which means you likely can’t port your number, get the phone, and then port out.

Regardless, if you were already thinking about switching to Cricket Wireless, this Samsung Galaxy S9 deal makes the decision a no-brainer now.

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HP announces first 15-inch Chromebook, with backlit keys and number pad

A promotional image of the HP Chromebook 15, HP's first 15-inch Chromebook. CNET

The world of Chromebooks just keeps on growing, both literally and figuratively. Case in point, HP just announced the HP Chromebook 15, the company’s first 15-inch Chrome OS laptop (via CNET).

Because of its sheer size, HP was able to cram a full number pad next to the typical keyboard, which is certainly nice if you need a number pad on your laptop.

That keyboard also features backlit keys, which is always a nice touch, especially on a Chromebook which usually costs much less than a typical Windows- or Mac OS-based laptop. Above that keyboard is a 15.6-inch FHD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit touchscreen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

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Inside, the HP Chromebook 15 is powered by an Intel Pentium Gold 4417U CPU, 4GB of DDR4 SDRAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, and integrated Intel HD Graphics 610. The laptop weighs about four pounds, and HP claims it gets up to 13 hours of battery life.

Outside, you’ll find a standard selection of ports, including a microSD card reader, two USB-C 3.1 ports, and one typical USB 3.1 port.

The HP Chromebook 15 starts at $449 and comes in two colors: Cloud Blue or Mineral Silver. HP says the laptop is available now in the U.S., but according to its website it is listed as “Coming Soon.” HP also said the laptop is coming to the U.K. and Australia, but declined to announce pricing (or availability) for those regions.

If you’re interested in this laptop, be sure to check the HP site over the next few days to see when the listing goes live.

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