Samsung launches 200MP ISOCELL HP2 camera with Tetra2pixel technology
After months of rumors and three different 200MP image sensors, Samsung has officially introduced the new 200MP ISOCELL HP2 camera with improved pixel technology. This new ISOCELL image sensor brings full-well capacity for stunning mobile images, and almost confirmed to debut with Galaxy S23 Ultra.
According to the press release, the new Samsung ISOCELL HP2 camera uses 200MP 0.6-micrometer (μm) pixels in a 1/1.3” optical format. Even with such massive pixel resolution, the sensor has a slim form factor so the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s camera bump may not expand thickness.
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The 200MP ISOCELL camera packs Samsung’s Tetra2pixel (advanced pixel-binning technology) which adds more versatility by simulating different pixel sizes to accommodate varying lighting levels.
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This advanced image sensor transforms either into a 1.2μm 50MP or 2.4μm 12.5MP in low light conditions by binding four to 16 neighboring pixels. It will bring further advancements to Samsung’s nightography feature.
For 8K video, the image sensor switches to 1.2μm 50MP mode to minimize cropping and capture more of the scene. 8K video recording at 30 fps with bigger pixel size can produce sharp cinematic videos.
“The Samsung ISOCELL HP2 harnesses Samsung’s high-resolution image sensor technologies and know-how at the cutting edge for epic details,” said Executive Vice President of Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics.
D-VTG (Dual Vertical Transfer Gate) technology
Samsung’s Dual Vertical Transfer Gate method can reduce overexposure and enhance color reproduction with more electrons stored and efficient signal transfers so washed-out pictures from brightly lit environments can be reduced.
In a photodiode within each pixel, a voltage transfer gate is placed on the bottom to transport electrons from the pixels to the logic layer. With high precision, D-VTG adds a second transfer gate in the pixel, boosting the pixel’s full-well capacity by more than 33 percent.
ISOCELL HP2 camera takes the auto-focusing feature to the next level, thanks to Samsung’s Super QPD technology. It allows the sensor to use all its 200-million pixels for focusing agents for faster and more accurate auto-focusing.
DSG feature in 50MP
For the first time in 50MP mode, the company introduced the DSG feature, which applies two separate conversion values to the analog signal received at the pixel level. Moreover, the Smart-ISO Pro allows the camera to take 12.5MP images and 4K at 60fps video in HDR.
Mark Zuckerberg: Apple’s Vision Pro is ‘not the one that I want’
At WWDC23, Apple introduced the Vision Pro as the vision of the future of computing. Meanwhile, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg says (without mentioning Vision Pro) that it ‘could be the vision of the future of computing, but like, it’s not one that I want.’
According to TheVerge, Mark Zuckerberg cited in a companywide meeting that Apple’s device didn’t present any major breakthroughs in technology that Meta hadn’t “already explored” In addition, the CEO hinted that Meta’s Quest 3 headset will be much cheaper, at $499.
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Mark added that the Quest is about “people interacting in new ways and feeling closer” while also “about being active and doing things.” “By contrast, every demo that they showed was a person sitting on a couch by themself,” he said of Apple’s WWDC keynote earlier this week.
For a long time, Facebook’s parent company has been trying to position itself as a leader in the virtual and augmented reality space. Just a few days before Apple’s announcement of Vision Pro, Meta unveiled their Quest 3, which will start shipping this fall.
You can read Zuckerberg’s full remarks about Apple’s headset below:
Apple finally announced their headset, so I want to talk about that for a second. I was really curious to see what they were gonna ship. And obviously I haven’t seen it yet, so I’ll learn more as we get to play with it and see what happens and how people use it.
From what I’ve seen initially, I’d say the good news is that there’s no kind of magical solutions that they have to any of the constraints on laws of physics that our teams haven’t already explored and thought of. They went with a higher resolution display, and between that and all the technology they put in there to power it, it costs seven times more and now requires so much energy that now you need a battery and a wire attached to it to use it. They made that design trade-off and it might make sense for the cases that they’re going for.
But look, I think that their announcement really showcases the difference in the values and the vision that our companies bring to this in a way that I think is really important. We innovate to make sure that our products are as accessible and affordable to everyone as possible, and that is a core part of what we do. And we have sold tens of millions of Quests.
More importantly, our vision for the metaverse and presence is fundamentally social. It’s about people interacting in new ways and feeling closer in new ways. Our device is also about being active and doing things. By contrast, every demo that they showed was a person sitting on a couch by themself. I mean, that could be the vision of the future of computing, but like, it’s not the one that I want. There’s a real philosophical difference in terms of how we’re approaching this. And seeing what they put out there and how they’re going to compete just made me even more excited and in a lot of ways optimistic that what we’re doing matters and is going to succeed. But it’s going to be a fun journey.
Netflix sees subscribers spike in the US, courtesy of new password sharing policies
Netflix has seen a huge spike in new subscribers in the US, following its new password-sharing policies. Data analytics company Antenna reports that Netflix recorded a significant increase in subscribers in the four days after it notified users about its paid sharing policies.
According to the data, daily signups rose to 73,000, marking a 102 percent increase over Netflix’s previous 60-day average. The streamer also added 100,000 subscribers on May 26 and 27. This is a huge development Netflix reported once the Covid-19 lockdowns went into effect in March and April 2020.
Average daily Sign-ups to Netflix reached 73k during that period, a +102% increase from the prior 60-day average. These exceed the spikes in Sign-ups Antenna observed during the initial U.S. Covid-19 lockdowns in March and April 2020. https://t.co/2CNU67kQST
— Antenna (@AntennaData) June 9, 2023
Netflix password-sharing policies
The new password-sharing policies ask Netflix subscribers to pay an extra $7.99 per month to share their account with up to two people who live outside their household. There were reports that the platform may face a huge cancellation, but signups surpassed the cancellations.
Earlier this year, the OTT platform released paid sharing in several countries including Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain. Notably, Netflix revealed during its recent earnings call that its subscriber base in Canada is “now growing faster than in the US.”
Alleged Samsung One UI 5.1.1 Settings UI revealed by US authority
Samsung One UI 5.1.1 is set to go official with the next-gen foldable phones in July 2023. Besides foldables, Samsung will also launch the Galaxy Tab S9 series, which will also be equipped with Android 13-based One UI 5.1.1.
In a recent development, FCC, a US authority, published the certification of approval for the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. At the same time, tipster @_snoopytech_ posted an alleged screenshot showing off One UI 5.1.1 Settings UI.
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The screenshot (embedded below) shows the device got tested by the FCC on May 15 and received approval. The model number SM-X810 confirms that it’s going to be sold as Galaxy Tab S9 Plus, the middle sibling of the lineup.
In the landscape mode, One UI 5.1.1 continues to offer the same US as One UI 5. All functions are same and there’s no change in their icons too. However, the improvements may reflect in user experience instead of visible tweaks.
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