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.
Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 To Help Climate Technology Startups
The initiative was announced at the COP28 summit and will help selected startups with a $200,000 cash injection and further incentives.
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global technology system, has launched a new initiative to support climate technology startups backed by several of the UAE’s largest public and private sector organizations.
A total of 342 startups have submitted applications so far, with the top companies being added to a shortlist that will be revealed shortly. Selected startups will receive Dh250,000 ($68,000) in incentives and an upfront cash support package of Dh250,000. In addition, the top performers of Hub71’s new initiative will also receive a top-up of up to Dh250,000 in exchange for additional equity.
Ahmad Alwan, deputy chief executive of Hub71, said: “This initiative aims to bring in different entities that have a shared mission towards climate tech […] Throughout the journey, we will support these companies, not only from being startups to becoming mature companies but also to facilitate their engagement with entities that would support them with access to capital, market, and talent”.
The Hub71+ ClimateTech ecosystem is backed by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and the National Central Cooling Company, who have each pledged Dh500,000 to the initiative as anchor partners.
They are joined by corporate partners, including Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ, Aldar Properties, sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Masdar City, and Dubai’s Emirates NBD. In addition, Siemens Energy is also onboard as an anchor partner.
So far, Hub71 has helped 260 member startups and created over 1,000 jobs, according to the organization’s website. In addition, it has collectively raised around Dh5 billion since its foundation in 2019.