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Thought 25MP selfie cameras were crazy? ZTE has phone with 32MP selfie camera in works

The 32MP camera might be more than just a big number, as pixel-binning tech can deliver great low-light selfies.

Published onJanuary 31, 2019

A ZTE phone with a 32MP selfie camera.

It seems like just the other day that 5MP and 8MP selfie cameras first emerged, but 2018 saw many OEMs moving to higher resolution front-facing snappers. Now, a new regulatory filing has revealed a phone with a monster, 32MP selfie camera.

A filing on China’s TENAA website revealed the new ZTE phone (said to be the ZTE Blade V10), packing the model number V1000. The front-facing shooter is indeed listed as a 32MP selfie camera, and the phone appears to have a waterdrop notch.

We’re assuming that ZTE is using Samsung’s ISOCELL GD1 sensor here. The 32MP 0.8 micron pixel sensor boasts pixel-binning technology, allowing it to combine data from four adjacent pixels for better low-light shots at the expense of resolution. So it seems like ZTE’s phone could shoot pixel-binned selfies that are roughly equivalent to an 8MP 1.6 micron pixel camera.

The Samsung sensor also offers real-time HDR video capabilities, so hopefully ZTE uses this tech to improve dynamic range in tricky situations (e.g. backlit scenes).

Otherwise, you’re looking at a phone that seems to be an upper mid range purchase. Expect a 6.3-inch full HD+ LCD screen, a 2Ghz to 2.1Ghz octa-core chipset, 4GB to 6GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB of expandable storage, and a 3,100mAh battery. A 16MP+5MP rear camera pairing, headphone jack, and rear fingerprint scanner rounds out the package.

Would you buy a phone with a 32MP selfie camera? Let us know in the comments!

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