The top-tier Samsung handsets will get a camera upgrade next year and will feature a 16MP Isocell sensor. Thus, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 4 - the company's top two models - will get this high resolution camera at launch. This was revealed at Samsung's recent Analyst Day conference, where the company also revealed the roadmap for other technologies like displays, processors and memory.
Isocell technology ensures better light sensitivity on backside illuminated (BSI) sensors and delivers more natural colours as well as better low-light performance. The company has also revealed that its 16MP Isocell sensors will have 1.12micron pixels, lower than the ones in the new Apple iPhone 5S.
Currently, the only Samsung smartphone to have a 16MP camera is Galaxy S4 zoom. Among other smartphone makers, Nokia and Sony are the two companies with plus-16MP cameras in their portfolio.
This also means the end of the road for 13MP cameras as a premium feature in Samsung's line-up. The manufacturer used the 13MP sensor for the first time in 2013 when it debuted Galaxy S4. It was later also used in Galaxy Note 3. Manufacturers like LG and Sony also use 13MP camera sensors in their top-end phones.
At the Analyst Day conference, co-CEO JK Shin said that the Galaxy Note series will touch sales of 100 million units by the end of 2013. Samsung also said that the smartphone race is now transitioning from a competition between hardware specs to software features.
The company's roadmap has also revealed that it plans to introduce the first foldable screen phones in late-2015.