Samsung's Isocell camera tech set for Galaxy S5, says report

The technology is believed to be coming to Samsung's many devices next year, including its flagship handset.

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Samsung's Galaxy S5 handset could launch with a 16-megapixel camera featuring the firm's Isocell technology.

During Samsung's Analyst Day on Wednesday, the company showed a slide indicating that a 16-megapixel Isocell sensor will be coming to the company's smartphones for 2014-2015. That news came after Samsung confirmed that its flagship handsets would feature a 16-megapixel camera.

Sam Mobile, a site that tracks Samsung, pieced the announcements together, saying that it appears the Isocell will be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5. After all, the site points out, the Galaxy S5 is Samsung's flagship handset, and the slide indicates that Isocell will come bundled with a 16-megapixel sensor.

So, what is Isocell? Announced in September, Isocell is designed for mobile devices and aims at capturing cleaner, higher-quality images. The company said in September that Isocell reduces pixel size without requiring larger cameras. That results in more light passing through the pixels, thus improving image quality.

For its part, Samsung hasn't confirmed that the Galaxy S5 even exists, let alone will feature Isocell technology. But all signs appear to point to Samsung bringing the technology to its next flagship handset.

CNET has contacted Samsung for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.