Samsung Galaxy S III uses identical Sony-made camera seen in iPhone 4S


iFixit in conjunction with chip analysts ChipWorks tore down Samsung's new Galaxy S III smartphone, revealing that the device is sourcing a newer version of the same Sony-made camera used in the iPhone 4S.

ChipWorks confirmed on Friday that the backside-illuminated sensor found in Samsung's new Galaxy S III handset is being sourced from Sony and may be a newer version of the component used in Apple's iPhone 4S. While iFixit initially claimed that the sensor is "basically the same unit" used in the iPhone 4S, further examination of the chip revealed that it could be a slightly refreshed product. It seems that the camera's sensor is where the similarities between the two devices end, however, as Samsung uses its own memory and optics to complete the unit.

Samsung's massive phone sports a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, while Apple's 13" MacBook Pro sports a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Other findings include the Samsung-designed 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, built on the same 32nm process as Apple's A5 chip used in the iPad 2 and third-generation Apple TV.

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