Mi 11 Ultra tipped to be the first smartphone with Samsung’s 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor

  • ISOCELL GN2 is Samsung’s newest sensor and features Dual Pixel Pro technology
  • The sensor features 100-million phase-detecting photodiodes to deliver richer detail and more vibrant colours than real-time HDR
  • It reduces energy consumption by up to 24 percent

In December 2020, Xiaomi announced that Mi 11 Ultra will be the company’s first flagship phone for 2021. Now, tipster Ice Universe has claimed via Twitter that Mi 11 Ultra will be the first device to use Samsung’s newly launched 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor. This sensor is a follow-up of last year’s GN1 and comes with bigger pixels and greater energy optimisation. This sensor uses a new PDAF technology named Dual Pixel Pro for better colours and details. To recall, Mi 11 Ultra will be the second model in Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 11 series; another model — Mi 11 Lite — is said to be in the offing.

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SAMSUNG 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor: what’s so special?

Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor is a massive update to the ISOCELL GN1 and offers become faster and better than its predecessor. Its Dual Pixel Pro tech is claimed to reduce energy consumption by 24 percent, whereas staggered HDR solution will bring richer details and more vibrant colours than real-time HDR. As Samsung’s official website says, “Dual Pixel Pro technology utilises 100-million phase-detecting photodiodes that perceive phases both vertically and horizontally for faster and more accurate auto-focusing.” 

In January 2019, Redmi Note 8 was first equipped with Samsung’s GN1 sensor and used the pixel-binning technique to capture 48MP shots. In the same series, Redmi Note 8 Pro was launched with a GW1 sensor, followed by Mi CC9 Pro with Samsung’s 108MP ISOCELL HMX sensor. Mi 11 Ultra will be one more name on this list. 

Mi 11 Ultra camera specs (rumoured)

  • Triple camera setup with 50MP ISOCELL GN2 primary sensor
  • Up to 120x zoom with 48MP telephoto lens
  • 48MP ultra-wide sensor

Mi 11 Ultra will supposedly have a triple camera setup with primary sensor of 50MP resolution, along with a 48MP ultrawide and 48MP telephoto camera unit which provides up to 120X zoom. As it’s been tipped, the 50 MP main camera will have the Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor.

With the recent launch of the Samsung sensor and the rumours about Xiaomi’s 2021 flagship, camera lovers are excited. However, Mi 11 Ultra is supposed to be a China-only series as its predecessor. Let’s see if this changes in 2021.

Key Specs

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 | 12 GBProcessor
6.81 inches (17.3 cm) Display
50 MP + 48 MP + 48 MPRear camera
20 MPSelfie camera
5000 mAh Battery
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  • Gorgeous display
  • Excellent cameras
  • Smooth performer
  • Surreal audio experience


  • Pricey
  • Camera bump is ginormous
  • Bulky
  • Telephoto lens could do with some tweaks
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