Samsung plans to include a 16 megapixel camera in at least 90 million devices next year

by: Gary SimsNovember 7, 2013

samsung 13MP ois camera moduleThis year’s top smartphone models from Samsung, including the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, feature a 13 megapixel camera, but for next year the electronics giant is planning to up the ante and ship devices with 16 megapixel cameras. According to a report by the Electronic Times, the default camera for Samsung’s 2014 premium smartphones will be a 16 megapixel module as the company continues to outdo Apple in the numbers game.

It is believed that Samsung will use the 16 megapixel module in up to 25 percent of its smartphones planned for release next year. Since Samsung’s estimated smartphone shipments for 2014 is some 360 million units, that means that the 16 megapixel camera could find its way into around 90 million Samsung smartphones.

However the existing 13 megapixel modules won’t disappear as it is bumped to lesser devices and it will still appear in any of the current models which will continue to be manufactured next year. According to the report, the 13 megapixel camera will be shipped in around 36 million units during 2014.

Samsung currently makes its own camera modules in a factory in Vietnam which is operated by Samsung Electro-Mechanics, one of the Samsung Group’s subsidiaries. With the demand for 16 megapixel modules expected to increase significantly over the next 12 months the factory is reportedly already increasing its production to 20 million units per month.

At the moment Sony is the biggest maker of CMOS image sensors for 13 megapixels or higher, but Samsung is quickly gaining ground on its Japanese competitor.  However the actual image sensor isn’t the only part which goes into making a camera. Other parts needed include auto-focus (AF) actuators, lenses and filters. As the demand for 16 megapixel sensors increases so will the demand for these other components.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4 with a 16 megapixel camera?

  • candlelarbra5212

    Looking forward to the S5. I had a S then a S3, but for the S5 I hope they bump the pixels up to 1440p, 64 bit processor, dat camera and keep the removable battery and SD card slot, I wouldn’t complain if they had better build quality and battery but specs are a Galaxy’s game.

    • Aniruddh

      If you want the specs and the battery, get a note :D

  • menvert

    Any mention of Optical Image Stabilisation? hardly worth the effort if they don’t include that too, N5 OIS looks awesome

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Sony may improve Exmor RS tech with continuing the missed RGBW coding, which gives more brightness and up ante with the sensor size for mobile phones of up to 2/3, at par with Lumia 1020.

    Again, it will be all up to the sensor size, pixel pitch, lens and the image processor. :))

  • sean77

    I love the s range galaxies. But have to say my s4 was full of bugs. I couldn’t even use the stock gallery. My sisters boyfriend had one and it just shuts down constantly. I had an s3 an s4 and have a note 3 and N5 right now. But my confidence in the stability of the s has been dulled. I have to say the design better change. The 4 was so much like the 3 it became boring very fast. I have seen some concepts that look great with slightly outward curved screens. I hope they put some wow factor in. If not I will be looking for something new. Right now the innovation belongs to the nexus 5. But a gs5 on KitKat. Or a gs5 Google phone will be awesome.

  • frozenray

    newsflash: apple will still include an “8” megapixel camera next year

  • MasterMuffin

    Please no Samsung, 13MP is plenty enough now that you just got an OIS for it too. 16MP but no OIS? Big no!

  • Roberto Tomás

    13MP is now the new 8MP

  • Jens Stimpel

    Can’t wait to see what the S5 is gonna be like. I think its gonna be a good jump from my S2 :)

  • RanRu

    Megapixels are starting to lose meaning without more clever software/hardware behind them.
    However, I’d be impressed if this is referring specifically to the 16 megapixel isocell camera they mentioned earlier.

  • I noticed the note 3 is out of stock in many areas. I hope the next production batch will be more enhanced with the newer tech. like the isocell.