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Qualcomm: 192-megapixel smartphones might come this year

64-megapixel smartphones, too

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How many megapixels do you need on a camera? Most smartphones today vary between 12 to 24 megapixels. Only a handful of smartphones have pushed the boundaries to 48 megapixels. Still, the market agrees on this sweet spot for smartphone photography. However, the industry has kept a deep secret from us all this time. Until now.

Apparently, Qualcomm’s current generation of chipsets can support up to 192-megapixel cameras. That’s at least four times more than the industry standard! Initially discovered by XDA Developers last week, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon lineup — including 660, 670, 675, 710, 845, and 855 — has revealed a rather telling spec sheet. Theoretically, this expansive list can wield large cameras.

Of course, “theoretically” can mean a lot of things. Despite the support, it will take an enormous amount of engineering to attach a 192-megapixel camera onto a smartphone. Even then, you might be better off using an actual DSLR camera instead.

However, after the discovery’s initial wave of hype, Qualcomm has confirmed the best possible scenario. From another source’s interview, Judd Heape, Qualcomm’s senior director of product management, has revealed the current development of future phones wielding this amazing capability.

According to Heape, Qualcomm’s chips have always supported large cameras. However, the support comes at a price. If a theoretical smartphone did carry such a camera, it will lack plenty of other features, like noise reduction and adequate shutter speeds. It will capture only noisy and blurry photos.

Despite the inherent tradeoff, some smartphone makers are hastily moving towards more megapixels. According to Heape, the industry will launch 64-megapixel and 100-megapixel cameras by this year. Unfortunately, Heape has not revealed which manufacturers will launch such phones.

Regardless, a 100-megapixel smartphone camera is insane. What would you shoot first with such a camera?

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm is testing a new chip series for Android Go phones

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Samsung Galaxy M31 goes official with a 6000mAh battery

And a 64-megapixel camera!

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It seems 2020 has finally arrived in India as companies are now gearing up to launch phones one after the other. Samsung is the latest one to join the bandwagon and has announced the Galaxy M31 today. It’s placed in the affordable segment and shall be going up against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme X2 Pro.

The M-series has massively helped Samsung in India and the brand’s strong presence in the offline market has worked wonders. The Galaxy M31’s main highlight is its 64-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a huge 6000mAh battery.

On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The body is made of polycarbonate plastic, in-line with all other M-series phones. Powering the phone is an Exynos 9611 chipset along with 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage.

The rear features a 64-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 5-megapixel portrait camera. By default, the primary lens captures pictures in 16-megapixels and the user can opt for 64-megapixel output manually. For selfies, a 32-megapixel camera is located on the front in a punch-hole cutout.

Backing these internals is a 6000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging via USB-C. The phone runs on OneUI 2.0 out of the box.

The 4GB+64GB variant is priced at INR 14,999 (US$ 210) and the 6GB+128GB variant is priced at INR 15,999 (US$ 224). The phone will go on sale starting March 5 via Amazon India’s website.

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The new Instax Mini 11 is here!

So many colors to choose from!

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Together with the X-T4, Fujifilm unveiled the latest in its popular instant camera model — the instax mini 11!

Redesigned for portability and ease of use, the new mini 11 comes in a fresh look! It’s now thinner, lighter, and has a rounded body design to fit perfectly in every user’s hands.

Additionally, it’s the first to feature an “Automatic Exposure” function. The mini 11 senses the level of ambient light, optimizing the output depending on the condition. This allows you to illuminate your photos — keeping both the subject and the background evenly lit. Say goodbye to washed out faces!

Another feature is Selfie Mode, which lets you take better selfies and closeup shots. To use this mode, you just need to pull out the lens’ edge.

What’s even more exciting is instax’s new film featuring marble-designed frames. There’s “Blue Marble” that comes in the usual mini-format instax film, and “White Marble” that comes with a square-format instax film.

The instax mini 11 is available in five pale colors: Blush Pink, Sky Blue, Charcoal Gray, Ice White, and Lilac Purple. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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Black Shark 3 will allegedly break the AnTuTu record

Holds a score of 620952

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Recently, Lenovo boasted an incredible promise: a record-breaking AnTuTu score from its upcoming gaming-centric smartphone. The bombastic smartphone promised a score of 600000, upending the current leader, the ROG Phone 2.

Of course, Lenovo and ASUS aren’t the only gaming-centric phone makers on the black. Xiaomi currently distributes a gaming line, the Black Shark series. Besides that, the company has also touted record-breaking AnTuTu scores in the past. Without a doubt, Xiaomi has the necessary credentials to make an AnTuTu run.

On Chinese social network Weibo, a leaker revealed the alleged score of the upcoming Black Shark 3. The result was a huge surprise: a whopping 620952, eclipsing the supposed score of Lenovo’s phone.

Currently, no smartphone has come close to the numbers promised by Lenovo and Black Shark. The current market leader — the ASUS ROG Phone 2 — has a score of 507051. Xiaomi has a lot of work to do.

However, Black Shark supposedly has the firepower for such a promise. According to previous rumors, the Black Shark 3 sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset and the world’s first 16GB of RAM. Given the specifications, the gaming phone can certainly climb up the ranks of AnTuTu’s scoring system.

Unfortunately, Xiaomi planned the Black Shark 3’s launch during the canceled MWC 2020. Ironically, the initial Black Shark 3 rumors likely encouraged Lenovo to spark its own hype. Now, Xiaomi is catching up, one-upping Lenovo’s promises for the gaming phone market. With talks igniting from all sides, the market will surely heat up in the near future.

SEE ALSO: Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

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