Qualcomm Says 192-Megapixel Camera Support Already Existed, Didn’t Require Updates

Qualcomm Says 192-Megapixel Camera Support Already Existed, Didn't Require Updates

Qualcomm’s ISPs are already touted to support as big as 192-megapixel smartphone camera sensors

Highlights

  • Qualcomm updated its chip specs to reveal 192-megapixel sensor support
  • Judd Heape of Qualcomm foresees future with 100-megapixel camera sensors
  • Qualcomm brought CV-ISP alongside Snapdragon 855 SoC

Qualcomm is one of the key enablers when it comes to newer photography experiences on smartphones nowadays. But unlike companies such as Samsung and Sony, the San Diego, California-based chipmaker has no direct role in enabling larger megapixel count. The company, however, recently created a hype in the market by updating the product specification sheets pertaining to newer chipsets, including the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 and the budget smartphones-focused Snapdragon 670, that highlighted support for gigantic 192-megapixel cameras. Senior Director of Product Management Judd Heape in a telephonic session with the Indian media acknowledged the latest move was not more than a marketing gimmick, but he also specified that the existing technology developments are capable of supporting a sensor with as much pixel count as 192 megapixels.

“We updated the specifications to show what the world’s largest image sensor that can be connected to Snapdragons,” Heape asserted during his over an hour-long conversation with Indian tech journalists.

The updated specifications, as it was reported earlier this week, show that the Snapdragon 855, Snapdragon 845, Snapdragon 710, Snapdragon 675, and Snapdragon 670 are capable of supporting single cameras with up to 192-megapixel resolution. The Snapdragon 660 page on the other hand was updated to show it supports 48-megapixel cameras.

Heape noted that Qualcomm hasn’t actually made any changes to the existing chips, but the change was essentially to show its capabilities against the competition.

“The reason that we made these changes to our specifications was to really announce and show that Snapdragon, the ISP (Image Signal Processor), the camera ISP in our devices are already compatible with these image sensors,” the executive said.

“Basically, when we say that a device is capable of 192 megapixels, that’s the maximum single photo that a device can capture, but we don’t say anything at that point about what the frame rate could be. It’s about the maximum photo that can be taken — not about what the maximum could be if you’re maintaining at 30 frame-per-second frame rate,” he added.

It was majorly the customer demand that pushed Qualcomm to showcase the supreme potential of its ISPs. However, Heape admits that Qualcomm didn’t test any prototypes using a 192-megapixel image sensor. He, in fact, mentions that there are no 192-megapixel sensors available in the market that can be used for testing the capabilities of the new chips.

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