SGS4 camera samples appear on Google+, confirm 1/3″ 13MP sensor

I accidentally came across a couple of images that were supposedly taken earlier today using Samsung’s next flagship phone – the Galaxy S4. EXIF data mentions model as GT-I9500 which possibly corresponds to SGS4.

Both images are in 16:9 format and have a resolution of 4128 x 2322 that is roughly 9.6MP.  However a 13MP sensor will also take pictures in similar resolution in Auto mode because the viewfinder can only utilize full screen in 16:9 mode. We have seen this trend with almost all recent devices.

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Google Plus links: Image 1   |   Image 2

Update: Seems like the uploader has taken down  the images. Here is a screenshot from yesterday in case you think that we’re making this up. Or you can download the two images above. They are original non scaled versions.

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The focal length mentioned in exif is 4mm. Assuming that 35mm equivalent focal length is 28mm, the crop factor roughly points to a sensor size of 1/3″. Both HTC One and Xperia Z using 1/3″ sensor also have 4mm focal length.

The sensor is probably Sony Exmor RS, the one Sony used in Xperia Z. The reason I am assuming this is because (1) Samsung has been using Sony sensors in their flagships (2) Sony is the only popular manufacturer making 1/3″ sensors. Both Samsung and Omnivision have  been using the standard 1/3.2″ size for their sensors (which should correspond to a focal length of 3.6mm.)

If Samsung is using the Exmor RS, expect some feats like HDR Video recording,  improved low light image quality and around 10fps burst rate.