Why Samsung is using Sony Image Sensor on Galaxy A82?

The Galaxy A82 is the direct successor to the Galaxy A80, that rotating motorized camera smartphone from Samsung. They never launched the Galaxy A81 for some reason but the A82 will follow in the footsteps of the A80 from 2019.


It's unclear whether or not Samsung is going to use the same motorized setup for this new phone but today, we have the camera details of Galaxy A82.


Galaxy Club has found details that Samsung will use a 64MP Sony IMX686 as the main camera on the Galaxy A82.


It's weird because Samsung has their own 64MP ISOCELL GW1 image sensor, the one they implemented on the recently announced Galaxy A62 and A72. So it's not clear why they are resorting to a Sony sensor on this phone.


Samsung, Sony Image Sensor, Galaxy A82, Specs

By the way, it's not a bad thing that they are using a Sony sensor. Arguably some of the Sony sensors are better than Samsung's ISOCELL sensor and on top of that this IMX686 was used by OnePlus on the OnePlus 7T Pro. So it is a good sensor even by 2021 standards but we'll have to wait to see how exactly it compares to the latest phones of 2021.

The Galaxy A82 will use Snapdragon 855+ according to the leaked benchmark, it will have a quantum random number generator chip (QRANG) inside for South Korean variants only and the price is expected to be in the $600 to $700 range.


Samsung is expected to launch the handset in April.