Xiaomi recently announced the budget model Redmi 10, which, at $ 179 for the base version, is the world’s cheapest smartphone with a 50MP main camera. Due to the new 50 megapixel sensors, the company from the Middle Kingdom intends to bring cameras in budget solutions to a qualitatively new level.
Several years ago, Xiaomi began to actively pay attention to the cameras of flagship smartphones, after which it moved on to more affordable models. For example, the Redmi Note 8 Pro became the world’s first phone with a 64-megapixel module, and the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro debuted a 108-megapixel image sensor. According to Chinese network informant Digital Chat Station, the company intends to abandon 64-megapixel Sony sensors in favor of new 50-megapixel matrices.
The Redmi 10 uses a Samsung ISOCELL JN1 1 / 1.26 “optical format sensor with 0.64 µm pixels. In future low-cost smartphones, the company intends to use the Sony IMX766 1 / 1.5” optical format sensor with 1-µm pixels. Such a sensor is installed in a number of smartphones of different price segments. For example, the OnePlus 9 Pro for € 999 and the OnePlus Nord 2 for € 399.
The massive transition of Xiaomi models to 50-megapixel image sensors is planned for 2022. What smartphones will be able to boast of an updated camera has not yet been specified.