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Samsung plots path to camera sensor leader, starting with Xiaomi

South Korean player poised to gain on Sony by helping lure Instagram generation

An upcoming Xiaomi handset will feature a 64-megapixel image sensor from Samsung.   © Reuters

BEIJING/TOKYO -- Samsung Electronics will supply Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi and Oppo with ultrahigh-resolution image sensors, bringing the South Korean group one step closer to global leader Sony in the market for camera sensors.

Xiaomi said Wednesday that an upcoming handset of Redmi, its brand targeted at younger users, will feature Samsung's GW1 64-megapixel CMOS sensor unveiled in May. The sensor offers the same level of quality as high-end digital single-lens reflex or mirrorless cameras.

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