The difference we see between a flagship from 2014 and flagship from 2019 is massive and one of the key difference evident to our eyes is the camera tech used in both these times. Now people brands are opting for devices with a higher Megapixel count. 2019 has all been about 48MP sensors, and the next big thing knocking on our doors now are 64MP sensors. As of now, there are three 64MP smartphones out there in the market. Among them, the promising ones are from Realme and Redmi(which is a sub-brand of Xiaomi). So, here, we will talk about the best 64MP camera phones to buy in 2019.
64MP camera sensor
Qualcomm said that theoretically, their processors can support camera sensors upto 192MP. As of now, we have only seen 48MP sensors as the maximum sensor sizes but Samsung has pushed a step further by developing the world’s first 64MP sensors for smartphones. Samsung has used a tech called tetra-cell where they have put together four pixels together as one big pixel so that it can capture photos with a much better dynamic range. So now the Samsung sensor can capture pictures with different shades of blue, green and red, that too with more accuracy.
We have seen Asus achieve a software constructed 64MP image file before, but since depended heavily on software, the quality was not up to the mark. Here though from the Samsung Sensor, we get an actual 64MP file and not just a 16 or 13 MP software reconstructed file. How the different brands use this new tech from Samsung, we will let time be the judge of that.
Does high megapixel count matters in a phone?
Now the question arises as to whether a higher megapixel count matters? Does it mean better quality pictures? Theoretically yes it provides the potential for better quality images but without a high-quality lens and sensor setup, all the higher megapixel count on that camera means nothing. We can have a top of the line lens and sensor setup camera with a lower megapixel count produce better quality images than one with a higher megapixel count with an average lens and sensor setup. So how this 64MP count camera lens fair against the likes of industry best Huawei P20 Pro and Pixel 3 XL will depend greatly on how the different brands stack up this sensor with different aperture sizes and the software that will be used for processing.
List of Best 64MP Camera Phones
|Phones||Expected Price in India|
|Redmi Note 8 Pro||Rs 13,999|
|Realme XT||Rs 15,999|
|Vivo NEX 3||Rs 50,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A70s||Rs 32,990|
1. Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro sports a 6.53-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. With 19:5:9 aspect ratio and 395 PPI pixel density the display of the phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It runs on Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top of it. Mediatek Helio G90T processor runs the device. Three variants are available for this device: 64GB internal memory/ 6GB of RAM, 128GB internal memory/ 6GB of RAM, 128GB internal memory/ 8GB of RAM.
A 4500 mAh non-removable battery powers the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The phone offer NFC (Near Field Communication) connectivity which is a first for its Note series.
For photography, the Note 8 Pro sports a Quad camera setup on the rear with 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP camera configuration. And on the front, a single 20MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture camera is present for selfies.
2. Realme XT
Oppo sub-brand Realme announced a new smartphone on its X-series called Realme XT. It features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. Also, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The pixel density of the display is quite good at 403 PPI.
The phone runs on 10nm Snapdragon 712 processor with Adreno 616. It comes in two variants 64GB Internal memory /6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory /8GB RAM with microSD support upto 256GB.
In terms of optics, Realme XT sports Quad camera setup for the rear and single camera setup for the front. The rear Quad camera setup includes a 64MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 2MP with f/2.4 aperture for macro photography and a 2MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture for depth sensing. For selfies, a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture is present in the front.
It is powered by 4000mAh Li-Po battery with support for 20W fast charging (VOOC 3.0).
Connectivity options include USB Type C port, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack and WiFi hotspot.
3. Vivo Nex 3
Vivo NEX 3 is equipped with a 6.89-inch (1080 × 2256 pixels) AMOLED display with HDR10, 800 nit brightness, 100% P3 wide colour gamut and 99.6 per cent screen-to-body ratio. For photography, we get a triple camera setup on the rear that includes a 64MP camera with Samsung GW1 sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide (120-degree) lens and a 13MP telephoto lens for optical/digital zoom. On the front side, we get a popup 16MP front-facing camera for capturing selfies. It is powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus processor with up to 8GB of RAM and 4500mAh battery with 44W ultra-fast charging. For security, the device comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
4. Samsung Galaxy A70s
Another phone that has been on the radar for a 64MP camera bump is the Samsung Galaxy A70s. It is less of a shock than the Redmi phone because the tech was first developed by Samsung and a Samsung device with the new 64MP lens is something everybody is waiting to happen. Samsung is pulling up their mid-range game and this might just be the game-changing device for them on the mid-range market. The A70S will be a refreshed version of the already available A70 which is a great phone on its own.
The integration of a 64MP camera on a capable Samsung phone at a reasonable price will appeal to a huge customer base. Plus the name Samsung on its own, speaks for itself. However the mid-range market is right now flooded with some really good value for money devices, so Samsung needs to be smart about the pricing and not overdo it.