Samsung’s ISOCELL HP2 is a new 200-megapixel sensor with a specification that precisely matches the circulating rumors about the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s primary camera. The chip is sized at f 1/1.3” and sports 0.6-micrometer (μm) pixels. The Korean tech giant announced the new sensor as it prepares to launch its latest flagship device — the Galaxy S23 Ultra — on February 1st.
High-megapixel sensors are nothing new for Samsung, but the company hasn’t yet crammed anything so pixel-dense into a smartphone chassis, so the news is an exciting development for tech enthusiasts. Last year’s Galaxy S22 Ultra featured a 108-megapixel sensor in its main camera module, meaning the new device will ship with almost twice the resolution.
Larger, high-pixel-count sensors bring tangible image quality improvements if executed correctly, allowing the camera to use “pixel binning” to combine multiple pixels into one, gathering more light and detail. The ISOCELL HP2 will be able to drop every four or sixteen pixels, producing 50 or 12.5-megapixel images, respectively. When it comes to video, the new camera will record 8K clips at 30fps and support 4K HDR at 60fps.
Aside from the raw specs, the ISOCELL HP2 sensor uses a new technology called “Dual Vertical Transfer Gate,” which Samsung claims will help reduce overexposure and improve color replication in bright conditions. Meanwhile, low-light shots will benefit from “Super QPD,” enabling faster auto-focusing.
Samsung says the new 200-megapixel camera sensor has already gone into mass production, and we can’t wait to see sample photos from the flagship smartphone after its February 1st unveiling.
ABB E-mobility Delivers Its Millionth EV Charger
Continued growth has been facilitated by doubling production capacity after the launch of the company’s new DC fast charger facility in Valdarno, Italy.
ABB is a leader in electrification and automation solutions and has just announced the delivery of its millionth electric vehicle charger — the latest milestone in the company’s ongoing mission to create an emission-free future using smart and reliable EV charging solutions.
ABB currently boasts a presence in over 85 markets. After the launch of the company’s new $30 million, 16,000 squared meter production facility in Valdarno, Italy, production capacity has doubled over the last two years. The cutting-edge manufacturing plant recently set a new benchmark for the EV sector, producing a fast charger unit every 20 minutes, thanks to the high-tech factory’s seven simultaneous production lines.
“While our continual investment in research and development shows our ongoing commitment to enhance the field of e-mobility, the global delivery of these solutions at scale is integral to the realization of our goals. I want to thank our customers globally for their continued collaboration in hitting this one millionth charger milestone. I look forward to the millions yet to come, and to the cleaner, greener world they will help create,” says Frank Mühlon, ABB E-mobility CEO.
In the United Arab Emirates, ABB has installed over 80 fast and high-power DC charging stations, making it one of the largest projects from a single brand in the region. The biggest station is in Yas, Abu Dhabi, and offers 20 DC fast and high-power chargers for owners of emissions-free vehicles.
“We are proud that ABB chargers are today powering electric vehicles across strategic locations in the country, including the sites of the Dubai Utility provider, DEWA, and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Most of the car manufacturers and dealers in the UAE have ABB chargers in their showrooms and as well as car parking areas. We are confident ABB’s technical know-how, products, and research in the field of E-Mobility will continue to support the decision-makers in the Middle East to drive the transition to an emission-free future,” says Ahmed Abdu, E-mobility division lead, MENA region.
In addition to its Italian facility, ABB E-mobility has continued its global expansion. Earlier this month, the company announced a new United States facility that will eventually turn out over 10,000 chargers per year for the public sector, providing power to school buses and other fleets. As well as expansion into the USA, ABB E-mobility’s stake in Chinese charging provider, Chargedot, opens up another lucrative market for the EV charging giant.