OmniVision announced the OV50H sensor at the beginning of this year, which is larger than the OV50A from a couple of years prior. And while there are plenty of phones with the OV50A, there are none with the OV50H – not yet. Leakster Digital Chat Station reports that the sensor will be featured on the iQOO 12 that is coming later this year.
The OmniVision OV50H is a 1/1.28” sensor with 1.2µm pixels (compared to 1/1.55”, 1.0µm for the A version). This is the company’s first sensor with what it calls H/V QPD autofocus – unlike typical phase-detection AF systems, this one can detect changes in both the horizontal and the vertical direction (hence H/V). This is a competitor to Samsung’s Super QPD system.
Qualcomm is expected to unveil the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 towards the end of October, DCS says that the iQOO 12 will be among the first to use the new flagship chip, along with the vivo X100 series (and the OnePlus 12, Realme GT5, Redmi K70 series and so on).
Speaking of the vivo X100 series, vivo is saying that it will use a customized Sony sensor for it - the Lytia LYT800 (53MP, 1/1.43”). DCS reports that some of the X100 models will be using a Sony IMX900 series sensor.
Note that Sony seems to be in the midst of some renaming, the Lytia LYT800 appears to be identical to the ExmorT IMX888 (the world’s first stacked CMOS sensor) that is used in the company’s own Xperia 1 V. Of course, vivo is claiming that it has a custom version, so the two might not be quite identical.
Going back to the iQOO 12, it is expected to pair its new Snapdragon chip with LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage in 16GB/512GB and 16GB/1TB configurations. We should also see a large, high refresh rate display and a battery with 100+ watt charging.
Given the time frame of the 8 Gen 3 announcement, we expect to see the iQOO 12 (and the others) unveiled before the end of this year.