A couple of months ago, Redmi, a sub-brand owned by Xiaomi, teased its "flagship killer" smartphone in the form of the Redmi K20 which soon after launched alongside a K20 Pro variant. The latter of these handsets features the current top-tiered Snapdragon 855 SoC with up to 256GB of onboard storage and 8GB RAM, along with Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 running on top.
Now, it seems that Redmi is keen to throw its hat into the ring as far as high-megapixel smartphone cameras are concerned. According to a post on Weibo, the company is preparing a handset capable of capturing 64-megapixel images with incredibly fine detail. An image included in the post illustrates what users might expect to be able to experience in terms of the camera's capabilities.
A separate post from Lu Weibing, Redmi General Manager, stated that the sample image weighed in at 19.3MB with a resolution of 9,248 x 6,936 for a total of 64,144,128 pixels and also teased an image of the camera interface with its "64M" option engaged below the image preview. While the name of the smartphone sporting this capability has not yet been mentioned, the Redmi Note 8 could be a possible candidate, while leveraging Samsung's ISOCELL Bright GW1 64MP image sensor.
Of course, skeptical buyers may be wary of such claims, particularly when companies such as Nokia have been busted using a DSLR camera when attempting to demonstrate how optical image stabilization worked on its Lumia 920 smartphone. The company later apologized for the error and confusion caused by the lack of clarity.
In any case, it remains to be seen as to how well the 64-megapixel shooter performs and whether or not its image zooming capabilities stack up in real-world usage scenarios.