Samsung’s flagship high-end device Galaxy Note 4 just got teardown which revealed the camera technology that is hidden from the public’s view. It is in fact a very interesting blend of technology in the sense that Samsung has actually borrowed components from its contender, Sony with the latter’s 16 megapixel camera sensor, particularly Sony IMX240. Perhaps this revelation is one of the reasons why for the first time in the past couple of years of its promotions, Samsung didn’t brag about its own camera technology in the interior of the Note 4.
For others who are not really into business, this is apparently a controversial finding. But technically, it is not, since OEMs, including Samsung have long been practicing this kind of borrowing and using components made by other industry, even by the products originating from other rival companies, so as to make the desired features that will be offered by the device.
This discovery might stir up some memory from rumors that were spread last year saying that Galaxy S5 would use Sony’s imaging technology. Despite these rumors going on, Samsung had been showing off their ISOCELL imaging technology that said to reduce bleeding as well as enhance light absorption through generating walls between cell, separating each one from the others, thus, the name itself describes. As Galaxy S5 debuted with a 16 megapixel sensor with this technology, Galaxy Note 4 followed suit with having also a 16 megapixel sensor. Out of this, it is typical that one presumes that the two mentioned devices have similar used features. However, for some reason that nobody knows except Samsung itself, the manufacturing company has somehow ditched the said technology and gone on with Sony IMX240 instead. As for the moment, Samsung has only been silent about it which makes the topic even more interesting.
Whether it’s true or not, it doesn’t alter the fact that Samsung has done a good job with the current flagship in terms of what Galaxy Note 4 camera can do. It sports a larger than the typical 1/2.6-inch sensor though its photography competency still needs to be properly tested and documented apparently by DxOMark, the same one who gave the iPhone 6 the name smartphone camera hill just after it named the same title toward Sony’s Xperia Z3. We are currently expecting iFixit to give the Galaxy Note 4 a proper teardown handling.