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Sheba Microsystems Ready Pixel Shift Technology for Smartphones

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Sheba Microsystems, which develops MEMS drives for miniature cameras with autofocus, optical image stabilization and ultra-high-resolution shooting, has unveiled ShebaSR, the world’s first miniature drive that can improve the resolution of images captured by a smartphone camera by up to nine times. As stated, the amount of artifacts decreases by the same factor and the amount of detail in the image increases. According to the manufacturer, cameras with Sheba drives will produce images of “DSLR quality”.

ShebaSR provides image enhancement through pixel shifting. This technology is rapidly gaining popularity in the professional camera market. Over the past six years, manufacturers such as Olympus, Panasonic and Sony have released several models in their lines of DSLR and mirrorless cameras with pixel shift upscaling. According to Sheba Microsystems, this technology has potential in smartphones as well.

However, the image sensors of smartphones are much smaller than those of professional cameras. Electromagnetic actuators, which can work in the case of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, are too bulky to fit in the limited space of mobile devices and lack the speed and accuracy to deliver more than 4x image resolution. Thus, the pixel shift technology remained unavailable in the cameras of mobile devices. The use of MEMS technology made it possible to change the situation.

ShebaSR can accurately offset the image sensor by 1/3 pixel. In this case, the error during the repeated shift does not exceed 20 nm. In terms of accuracy and speed, ShebaSR not only matches but surpasses the most advanced pixel shifting capabilities found in large cameras. The technology is ready to go to market, according to Sheba Microsystems, as the drive manufacturing process has already been scaled for mass production, and the drive itself has passed standard tests for reliability required for use in smartphones.

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In this market, Samsung smartphones accounted for half of all sales. The company’s achievement in Vietnam contrasts with other brands

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Samsung has been the leader in the smartphone market for many years, but its positions vary greatly from country to country. As it turned out, in Vietnam, Samsung crushed half of the market.

At the end of the third quarter, the Korean giant took 49% of the Vietnamese market, and a year ago the company’s share was 36%. At the same time, almost all other companies from the top five recorded a decrease in their market shares.

As you can see, only Vivo was able to increase its share from 6% to 8%, but Oppo, Xiaomi and Realme cannot boast of this. At the same time, the market as a whole sank by 28%, so against this background Samsung’s achievement is even more significant.

In this market, Samsung smartphones accounted for half of all sales.  The company's achievement in Vietnam contrasts with other brands

Budget smartphones helped the company achieve such indicators. The Galaxy A12, A22 and A03s were the top-selling models in Vietnam. By the way, Galaxy A12, as we already know, was the second most popular worldwide this year.

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Which smartphone became the most popular in 2021? The answer could have been predicted a year ago

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Despite the fact that there is still a little more than a month before the end of the year, IDC analysts have already summed up the results of the year at least in relation to the best-selling smartphones.

The authors gave a list of five of the most popular devices, and four of them are from Apple.

The leader is quite expectedly turned out to be the iPhone 12. Recall that last year the best-selling smartphone was the iPhone 11, and before it the iPhone XR. The iPhone 11, as you can see, still sells very well, but the much more expensive last-generation Apple flagships also hit the top.

The only smartphone not from the Apple camp in the top five was the budget Samsung Galaxy A12. And that’s to be expected as well, as the base models of the Galaxy A line have also consistently been on top-selling device lists in recent years. True, there were usually Galaxy A5x there, but at least we don’t see Galaxy A52 in this list.

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Honor 60 and Honor 60 Pro showed high quality renders. Smartphones will get Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G, 108MP cameras and 66W charging

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The source has published high-quality renders of the Honor 60 and Honor 60 Pro smartphones, which will debut on December 1st. Judging by these images, the external difference between the older model and the younger one will be the screen bent on all four sides, but the rest of the devices are the same.

Interestingly, unlike the Honor 50, the main cameras have exactly three sensors – no quad cameras. Perhaps optical stabilization will appear, and the sensors themselves will become larger. The resolution of the main sensor will be 108 megapixels in both cases. The front cameras will use 50-megapixel sensors.

Honor 60 and Honor 60 Pro showed high quality renders.  Smartphones will get Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G, 108MP cameras and 66W charging

Both models will receive 6.7-inch AMOLED screens with Full HD + resolution with a frame rate of 120 Hz. The SoC will improve slightly: instead of the Snapdragon 778G, the Honor 50 will use the recently introduced Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G. Also, smartphones are credited with support for 66W charging.

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