Samsung Galaxy S6 units found to be using different image sensors
The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4 both used Samsung's ISOCELL in-house image sensors. When the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were launched earlier this year there was no talk of the ISOCELL technology anymore and it was believed the 16MP 1/2.6 CMOS chip in the new models was provided by Sony. However, over the past few days rumors have emerged that in some units Samsung sensors are used instead of the Sony variant.
According to a report by SamMobile this rumor has now been confirmed by Samsung. A spokesperson for the company said that there are "several different vendors" providing the imaging components for the S6 models and that they all meet "strict global quality and performance standards". SamMobile also captured a few comparison shots that show that image quality differences between the two sensors are small but noticeable. However, it would arguably require testing under controlled studio conditions to exactly determine the differences.
There is no word on how the different sensors are distributed among the S6 models, by region or otherwise. However, looking at the samples mentioned above the differences are probably small enough that most users need not worry. Nevertheless, we will try and confirm which sensor is installed in the Galaxy S6 Edge model that was used for the DxOMark Mobile image quality report in which the Samsung took the number one spot.
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