Led by OPPO, Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung and Realme, the worldwide cargo of smartphone CMOS picture sensors (CIS) is prone to attain 5 billion models this yr as quad-camera smartphone designs witness extraordinary momentum regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report has mentioned.
The pandemic has total affected the worldwide smartphone trade and the market is predicted to be dragged right down to the extent of shipments in 2014, barely over 1.Three billion models, representing a virtually 10 per cent (year-on-year) decline compared to 2019.
However, as a beneficiary of the continual enchancment in automation and have units, the gross sales quantity of CMOS picture sensors (CIS) for smartphone functions elevated eightfold over the past decade, reaching more than 4.5 billion models in 2019.
“Thanks to the irreversible development in direction of multi-camera setups and the spreading adoption of 3D sensing methods, the smartphone CIS category will possibly still register high-single-digit cargo progress in 2020, hitting an all-time excessive of shut to five billion models,” mentioned senior analyst Ethan Qi from Counterpoint Research.
Each smartphone shipped in the March quarter this yr packed more than 3.5 picture sensors on average.
The progress is primarily pushed by the rising penetration of quad-camera designs in the high- to mid-end smartphones, which jumped to almost 20 per cent through the interval.
Smartphone manufacturers OPPO, Xiaomi Huawei and Samsung have been on the forefront of adopting quad-camera setups, collectively accounting for 83 per cent of all of the quad- and penta-camera-based smartphone shipments throughout Q1 2020.
The fast-growing model Realme was most aggressive to trip on this development.
“Almost two-thirds of its smartphone volumes in Q1 packed a quad-lens system. The subsequent model squeezing more camera sensors into the rear camera module was OPPO accounting for more than half of its smartphones shipped in Q1 2020,” mentioned the Counterpoint report.
“As camera perform has turn out to be a key differentiator in smartphones, we anticipate the quad-camera characteristic will turn out to be a normal shifting ahead,” mentioned Research Director, Tom Kang.
Leading smartphone manufacturers will proceed to counterpoint and improve the pictures and video seize experiences, in addition to exploring AR functions, “by leveraging diversified lens and sensor combos together with the rising AI computing energy”.