The biggest improvements in photography on mid-range phones in 2019 were centered around the use of quad-pixel sensors that boast of 48MP resolution. Sony’s IMX586 won the first round and was the preferred choice over Samsung’s GM1 and GM2 (that came in much later), even for Samsung’s own mid-range phones. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
Samsung doesn’t want to miss out on the second round and is already actively pushing its 64MP GW1 sensor. In fact, it’s 108MP sensor is already in the pipeline. High camera resolutions are naturally very easy to market, which is why manufacturers and marketers are zealously taking to these high megapixel counts to distinguish their products.
Before we get to the list of phones with a 64MP sensor, let’s first understand the underlying technology that goes into these Quad Pixel sensors.
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Are 64MP Quad-Pixel sensors different than 48MP quad-pixel sensors?
The underlying technology and operating principle for 64MP and 48MP camera sensors are exactly the same. Going by the marketing talk, the quad-pixel sensors combine 4 pixels resulting in one big pixel that can effectively gather more light, thus resulting in better details and better dynamic range.
That’s not entirely wrong, but not exactly how things work in practice.
The individual pixel-size is reduced to 0.8μm and four of these are clubbed under one pixel of overlaying Bayer’s filter (resulting in one 1.6μm effective pixel). The overall size of the sensor is still significantly bigger than the usual 12MP or 16MP sensor, and that’s a good thing. For instance, Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor is 33% larger than the current 48MP sensors.
As our experience with 48MP sensors has corroborated, these sensors haven’t been designed for use at full resolution and the 64MP sensors will yield the best results at 16MP resolution. The improvement in image quality of midrange phones using such sensors is primarily because of the software smartly using these theoretical sub-pixels.
In daylight, the software can group the four subpixels in two and shoot an image at different exposures from both halves and combine the capture into one image with a better dynamic range (similar to how HDR works).
Some other Samsung 64MP GW1 sensor features include dual conversion gain (DCG) that allows the sensor to adjust the light intake in a bright environment, high-performance Phase detection Autofocus, and Full HD videos capture at 480fps (so, FHD 960fps slow-motion videos will still be software trickery).
The new 64MP Sony IMX686 has joined the fray and has already been employed on Redmi K30.
List of phones with 64MP Camera
1. Poco X2
Poco X2 is the first phone to bring Sony’s 64MP sensor (IMX686) to India. The primary camera is paired with a wide-angle shooter, a macro camera, and a basic depth sensor. The handset also houses two cameras on the front, housed within a wide display cutout.
This is a gaming-centric phone that offers powerful hardware for a very disruptive price. It’s also the first phone under Rs. 20K to include a 120Hz screen refresh rate that results in smooth UI transitions. Other highlights include a 4500mAh battery with 27W fast charging, Android 10 based software, and up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage.
Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ | Processor: Snapdragon 730G | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 256GB UFS 2.1 | Software: Android 10 based MIUI 11| Rear Camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front Camera: 20MP + 2MP | Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm | Battery: 4500mAh, 27W fast charging
2. Realme X2 Pro
Realme X2 Pro, the first-ever Realme flagship, flaunts a 64MP camera led quad-camera setup on its rear. But the camera is just the tip of the feature heap that this phone is.
Apart from the Samsung GW1 64MP primary sensor, it also includes a 13MP telephoto lens with 20x hybrid zoom, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 115-degree field-of-view and 2.5mm macro lens, and a 2MP depth unit for portrait shots. Other highlights of the Realme X2 Pro are Snapdragon 855+ chipset, a 90Hz display, and 50W VOOC charging.
Display: 6.5-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ V-cutout | Processor: Snapdragon 855+ octa-core SoC | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: 256GB | Software: ColorOS based on Android 9.0 | Rear Camera: 64MP+13MP+8MP+2MP | Front Camera: 16MP | Weight: 199g | Dimensions:– 161 x 75.7 x 8.7 mm | Battery: 4000mAh with 50W fast charging
3. Realme X2
The Realme X2 is a slightly different variant of Realme XT. The specs are almost the same. except for a higher resolution 32MP selfie snapper, a 730G chipset and a faster 30W VOOC 3.0 charging support.
The X2 (review) offers extremely competitive hardware and an AMOLED display at a very aggressive price.
Display: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ V-cutout | Processor: Snapdragon 730 octa-core SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: ColorOS based on Android 9.0 | Rear Camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP | Front Camera: 16MP | Weight:182g | Dimensions:– 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm | Battery: 4000mAh with 30W fast charging
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro flaunts a 64MP sensor as part of the rear camera quartet. The handset has a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display and is powered by MediaTek’s game-centric Helio G90T chipset.
Other than the Samsung GW2 sensor, the Redmi Note 8 Pro (review) has an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, a 2MP depth sensor and a 20MP selfie camera housed on the front. The phone runs Android Pie based MIUI 10 software and houses a massive 4500mAh battery. This time, Xiaomi bundles an 18W fast charger in the box.
Display: 6.53-inch IPS LCD FHD+ Waterdrop notch | Processor: MediaTek G90T octa-core SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: MIUI based on Android 9.0 | Rear Camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP | Front Camera: 20MP | Weight: 200g | Dimensions:– 161.7 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm | Battery: 4500mAh with 18W fast charging
5. Redmi K30
Xiaomi’s Redmi K30 and Redmi K30 5G are the first to employ Sony’s IMX686 sensor in the lead. In completing the quartet, the 64MP sensor is assisted by the usual suspects – 8MP wide-angle shooter, 2MP macro camera, and 2MP depth sensor.
The 4G variant is powered by Snapdragon 730G, while the Redmi K30 5G flaunts the latest Snapdragon 765G, which is a 5G-ready chipset.
Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ | Processor: Snapdragon 730G (4G)/ Snapdragon 765G(5G)| RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 256GB UFS 2.1 | Software: Android 10 based MIUI 11| Rear Camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front Camera: 20MP + 2MP | Weight: 208g | Dimensions:– 165.3 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm | Battery: 4500mAh, 27W (4G) or 30W (5G) fast charging
6. Realme XT
Realme XT flaunts a 64MP quad-camera on the rear and is powered by Snapdragon 712 octa-core processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB storage.
Display: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ V-cutout | Processor: Snapdragon 712 octa-core SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: ColorOS based on Android 9.0 | Rear Camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP | Front Camera: 16MP | Weight:183g | Dimensions:– 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm | Battery: 4000mAh with 20W fast charging
7. Samsung A70s
Samsung too will be using its own GW1 sensor on an upgraded Galaxy A70 variant. The Galaxy A70s recently received Bluetooth certification that confirmed dual-band Wi-Fi and support for 802.11ac standard.
The handset is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 675 and is rumored to include a 64MP sensor as part of the triple rear cameras. Details are still scarce though.
Display: 6.7-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ Infinity-U cutout | Processor: Snapdragon 675 AIE octa-core SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: One UI based on Android 9.0 | Rear Camera: 64MP+8MP+5MP | Front Camera: 32MP | Weight:187g | Dimensions:– 164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm | Battery: 4500mAh with 25W fast charging
8. Oppo Reno3
Unlike the Pro variant, the regular Reno3 features the 64MP quad-camera module. It also has MediaTek’s latest flagship SoC – Dimensity 1000L – paired with up to 12GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The 30W fast charging, which seems to be a staple for popular phones in 2020, can recharge half of the 4025mAh battery capacity in just 20 minutes.
Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED FHD+ | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 1000L octa-core | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 based Color OS 7| Rear Camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP | Front Camera: 32MP | Weight: 181g | Dimensions: 160.3 x 74.3 x 8 mm | Battery: 4025mAh with 30W fast charging
9. Vivo X30 and X30 Pro
Both the Vivo X30 and X30 Pro are 5G phones powered by Exynos 980 octa-core chipset. What differentiates the two is the camera hardware. The X30 Pro has an additional 5X zoom camera with Telescope-like lens assembly.
Both phones have 64MP primary sensor and 32MP selfie camera housed within a circular notch.
Display: 6.44-inch AMOLED FHD+ | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 1000L octa-core | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 9-based Funtouch OS| Rear Camera: 64MP+32MP+8MP/ 64MP+32MP+8MP+13MP (Pro) | Front Camera: 32MP | Weight: 196g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.1 x 8.8 mm | Battery: 4350mAh with 33W fast charging
10. Vivo Nex 3 5G
Literally pushing the boundaries of smartphone design, the Vivo Nex 3 flaunts a curved edge screen with steep 90-degree curves and a 99.5% screen-to-body ratio. Extending the same extreme approach to the camera, the Nex 3 features a triple camera system with 64MP (f/1.7) primary camera, 13MP camera with a telephoto lens (2x Zoom) and another 13MP wide-angle camera.
The Vivo Nex 3 (review) is powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus octa-core chipset paired with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. Other highlights include a Vivo V17 Pro like a wide pop-up selfie camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and 44W fast charging.
Display: 6.89-inch AMOLED FHD+ | Processor: Snapdragon 855+ octa-core SoC | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: 256GB | Software: FunTouch OS based on Android 9.0 | Rear Camera: 64 MP + 13 MP + 13 MP | Front Camera: 16MP motorized pop-up | Weight: 218.5g | Dimensions: 167.4 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm | Battery: 4500mAh with 44W fast charging
11. Motorola One Hyper
Motorola One Hyper is quite an interesting phone. Apart from the 64MP rear camera, the phone has a 32MP pop-up front camera. But the technology that imparts the phone its name is 45W Hyper Charging that can top up 75% of the 4000mAh battery in just 30 minutes.
The handset is steered by the decidedly mid-range Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset paired with just 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. Other highlights include Android 10 software, capacitive fingerprint sensor, and a 6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display.
Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ | Processor: Snapdragon 675 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear Camera: 64 MP + 8MP | Front Camera: 32MP motorized pop-up | Weight: 210g | Dimensions: 161.8 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm | Battery: 4000mAh with 45W fast charging
12. Oppo K5
Oppo is also quite bullish on Samsung’s ISOCELL 64-megapixel sensor as introduced in the OPPO K5. It boasts of a quad rear camera setup consisting of 64MP primary 8MP wide-angle lens with 119-degree field-of-view, 2MP depth-sensing unit, and 2MP macro lens. It also includes a 32MP selfie camera on the front.
The OPPO K5’s other prominent hardware includes Snapdragon 730G chipset, 6.4-inch Full HD+ OLED display, optical in-display fingerprint scanner, 4000mAh b30W Super VOOC fast charging support. OPPO K3 is currently available in China and likely to enter the Indian market next month.
Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED FHD+ V-cutout | Processor: Snapdragon 730G octa-core SoC | RAM: upto 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Software: ColorOS based on Android 9.0 | Rear Camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP | Front Camera: 32MP | Weight: 182g | Dimensions:– 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm | Battery: 4000mAh with 30W fast charging
12 Best 64MP Camera Phones To Buy In 2019
Samsung has had a monopoly on 64MP sensors for a while, but Sony’s 64MP resolution IMX686 is now out and official is already available in phones. We expect many more 64MP camera phones to be on their way and we will add them to the list as they surface.