Motorola teases next phone with huge 200MP camera

While I wasn’t impressed with its newest pseudo-flagship phone at all, it seems Motorola has much bigger ambitions for its next handset thanks to the addition of a 200 super high-res camera. PM.

In a Weibo post (via 9to5Google), the CEO of Lenovo (Moto’s parent company) teased an upcoming device by showing a photo of a massive lens alongside a message about entering a new era of mobile photography. While the post doesn’t shed much light on the potential specs, it does mention a 200MP sensor, suggesting the use of Samsung’s ISOCELL HP1 which was originally announced last fall.

That said, while putting a huge sensor on a phone is certainly intriguing, it’s important to remember that there’s a lot more to taking a great photo than packing in as many megapixels as possible. Recently, I’ve noticed that many Moto phones, including the $1,000 Edge+, struggled with low-light photography, consistently capturing blurrier or more underexposed images than competing handsets. And while the ISOCELL HP1 supports an impressive 16-pixel grouping technique that allows a 200MP sensor to capture a 12.5MP image with improved light sensitivity, it will still fall to Motorola’s processing. produce a crisp, well-lit final image.

Current rumors claim that Moto’s next 200MP phone could be the Frontier, which was spotted in January by TechnikNews. The phone is expected to feature a triple rear camera module with a huge main lens, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, 125-watt fast charging, and a 6.67-inch OLED display with 144 refresh rate. Hz. Unfortunately, while this is all speculation at the moment, we should know more very soon, as Moto has teased an announcement date for the phone in July.

Speaking of phones with new Qualcomm chips, in a separate Weibo post, Motorola teased another upcoming device — this time a foldable — that will feature a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip. To say with certainty, all signs point to this device being the long-awaited Razr 3, which is good news for flippy phone fans as the previous Razr has been somewhat overlooked since its last refresh in late 2020.

But for me, the biggest takeaway is that it finally looks like Motorola is ready to take a break to push back the countless redesigns that have clogged its device portfolio for the past few years. And if that all translates to a genuine new flagship phone and a proper Razr update, that’s something worth paying attention to.

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