Remember that 16 MP optically stabilized mobile camera (OIS) module Samsung was rumored to prep for the S5 not long ago? Well, according to Korean media this same piece of equipment will find its way into all of Samsung's premium phones next year.
This, naturally, includes the upcoming Galaxy S5 and Note 4, so what can we expect from the cameras on those devices? According to the same publication two weeks ago, Sony and Samsung's LSI division itself, are fighting to be the suppliers of 16 MP camera module for the Galaxy S5.
Sony has established itself as the go-to company for mobile camera sensors, around which manufacturers build their own modules, providing them with the optical image stabilization suspension in some cases, and the likes. Its sensors can be found in all the current top handsets like the LG G2, Nexus 5, iPhone 5S, and even Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Note 3.
Samsung LSI will have the advantage of the home turf, though, and it recently introduced the ISOCELL mobile camera technology that promises better exposure and less blur, so the scales might tip in its favor. So far we've only had 13 MP modules with OIS tech in the Android land, so going 16 MP will have to be a new sensor tech.
In fact, the Korean publication claims that Samsung has already ordered 181 million optically stabilized 16 MP modules, though it doesn't specify whether to Sony or to its LSI subdivision. This, however, means we might get them in other premium models, perhaps the rumored exclusive F line, too.