Sony’s quad-pixel camera sensors are quite popular on smartphones. The 48MP Sony IMX586 was a raging success, thanks to its impact on mid-range photography. This triggered a rat race of sorts where Samsung quickly churned out up to 108MP quad-pixel sensors even before Sony could upgrade to 64MP. Anyhow, the 64MP CMOS sensors from Sony are once again the number one choice for flagship killers and one of the most popular emerging options on mid-range phones is the Sony IMX682.

Sony IMX686 vs Sony IMX682: What’s the difference?

Sony IMX686 and Sony IMX682 are quad-pixel sensors where there are four pixels are layered below one cell of Bayer color filter (instead of 1). The sensor combines data from these 4 tiny pixels into one and this results in one bigger pixel that can capture relatively better details and wider dynamic range.

Both the Sony IMX686 and Sony IMX682 are 64MP resolution sensors and are very similar in terms of features. The only difference is that the Sony IMX686 supports capturing 4K videos at 60fps, while the IMX682 caps 4k@30fps.

Also Check: Best Sony IMX686 phones in 2022

Best phones with Sony IMX682 in India in 2022

The Sony IMX682 is quite popular in the affordable and mid-range segment. Here are a few options that employ the sensor.

1. Realme GT 5G and Realme GT Neo 2

Realme GT series trusts the Sony IMX682 chipset to capture images or videos. That’s why both the Realme GT 5G and Realme GT Neo 2 backs the Sony IMX682 as their main sensor. Both phones have identical three cameras stacked at the back – 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP.

Being premium phones, the company has opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 Chipset for the Realme GT 5G and Snapdragon 870 for its GT Neo 2. This makes the Realme GT 5G the cheapest SD888 phone in India to date.

Both these Realme GT series phones come with a high refresh rate AMOLED screen which has a 360Hz touch response. Other highlights include LPDDR5 RAM, Android 11 based Realme UI, and 65W fast charging.

Realme GT 5G:

Display: 6.43-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED, 120Hz | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB LPDDR5| Storage: up to 256GB UFS 3.1| Software: Android 11 (Realme UI 2.0) | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 186g Dimensions: 158.5 x 73.3 x 8.4 mm |Battery: 4400mAh

Realme GT Neo 2:

Display: 6.62-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED, 120Hz | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB LPDDR5| Storage: up to 256GB UFS 3.1| Software: Android 11 (Realme UI 2.0) | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 186g Dimensions: 158.5 x 73.3 x 8.4 mm |Battery: 4400mAh

2. Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G

Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Pro uses a 108MP camera sensor, while the regular 10T employs the 64MP Sony IMX682. Both of these phones are powered by Snapdragon 865 and are available at competitive prices.

The handset includes an IPS LCD display that refreshes at 144Hz and there is a 5000mAh battery backing up all the hardware. Other highlights include LPDDR5 RAM, MIUI 12 software, and 33W fast charging.

Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD 144Hz | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 (MIUI 12) | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 5MP (Mi 10T) | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 216g (Mi 10T) | Dimensions: 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.3 mm |Battery: 5000mAh

3. Samsung Galaxy F62

Samsung Galaxy f62 (review) has a versatile quad-camera arrangement with 64MP Sony IMX682 in the lead. If you are looking for a lower mid-range phone with a decent camera, the Galaxy f62 is a great option.

It’s more popular for its 7000mAh battery and for the fact that Samsung has managed to fit it in while actually maintaining a decent in-hand feel.

Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Exynos 9825 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 11 | Rear camera: 64MP+12MP+5MP+5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 7000mAh | Weight: 218g | Dimensions:163.9 x 76.3 x 9.5 mm

4. Poco F3 GT

Poco F3 GT gets the same primary camera sensor as the Poco X3 (review). The handset includes an 8MP wide-angle shooter and a 2MP front camera.

This one has a massive 5065mAh battery and a 120fps IPS LCD HDR 10+ display. It’s powered by Dimensity 1200 octa-core processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and runs the latest Realme UI 12 software.

Display: 6.67-inch Full HD+ IPS; 120Hz refresh rate | Processor: Dimensity 1200 octa-core CPU | RAM: 8GB| Storage: 128GB | Software: MIUI 12 (Android 10) | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 225g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm |Battery: 6000mAh

4. Realme X7 Max

Realme’s image processing on the X7 Max (review) shows noticeable improvement. Realme uses the Sony IMX682 paired with a basic 8MP wide-angle sensor, 2MP macro camera, and 2MP depth sensor.

The handset has super-fast 65W fast-charging, an AMOLED display, and is powered by Dimensity 1200 octa-core chipset.

Realme X7 Max specs

Display: 6.43inch FHD+ display; 2400*1080 resolution | Processor: 3GHz octa-core, Mediatek Dimensity 1200 CPU; Mali-G77 MC9 GPU  | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 11 | Rear camera: 64MP +8MP +2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 73.3 x 8.4 mm |Battery: 4500mAh, 50W fast charging supported

5. Realme 8

Realme 8 (review) has a 6.5-inch FHD+ and is powered by a 2.3 GHz MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

This is a good option for gaming if you are restricted by a budget of INR 15,000. The overall camera performance is above average as well.

Realme 8 specs

Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ display (90Hz); 2400*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G95  | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP +8MP +2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 160.6 x 73.9 x 8 mm |Battery: 5000mAh, 30W fast charging supported

6. Samsung Galaxy M31s

Samsung Galaxy M31s (review) comes with a 6.5-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen and is powered by Exynos 9611 processor paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The rear camera remains the same as on the Galaxy M51 and is one of the best you can get for under INR 20,000.

Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ display; 2340 x 1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3 GHz octa-core, Exynos 9611 CPU; Adreno 612 GPU Mali-G72 MP3 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10; OneUI 2.5| Rear camera: 64MP (f/1.8) + 12MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.2) | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 203g | Dimensions: 159.3 x 74.4 x 9.3 mm | Battery: 6000mAh, 25W fast charging supported

Sony IMX682 camera phones in India in 2022

The Sony IMX682 has proved to be quite a capable sensor for affordable phones. It’s already employed in some of the best camera options under INR 25,000 and we expect it to be available on more phones later in 2022.

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