Saturday March 05, 2016

Galaxy S7 Edge Teardown

Chipworks provides a look inside Samsung’s latest smartphone. While they didn’t photograph every part, there are some good close-ups of noteworthy components like the camera’s OIS system and Snapdragon chip.

So what is new with the S7’s camera system? Dual pixel phase detection autofocus (PDAF) technology! We first saw this concept in use in 2013 in a much different imaging application: the Canon EOS 70D DSLR. Canon committed 80% of the 70D’s active pixel array to dual pixel CMOS AF functionality. A similar concept has now been adapted to the world of small-pixel mobile camera chips, where 100% of the 12 MP active pixel array is committed to both sensing