Smartphone flagship battle: from sensors to modules to image quality – Webcast



Market, technology, cost and performance analysis of the latest Apple, Samsung and Huawei smartphone flagships

Watch the replay of our webcast broadcast on August 31, 2021 now:

The CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) market reached $20.7B revenue with a 7.3% Year-on-Year growth rate amid a global epidemic crisis and trade war issues between the US and China. Yole forecasts a 7.2% Compound Annual Growth Rate for the 2020-2026 timeframe, with revenue reaching $31.5B within five years. The growth is still primarily powered by mobile, comprising 71% of the market. But security and automotive have now become the two secondary growth engines for CIS demand.

This webcast will present and compare information about the front and rear red/green/blue cameras from the three smartphone market leaders, Samsung, Huawei, and Apple, based on detailed optical and scanning electron microscope images of the modules and the image sensors.

Moreover, the webcast will provide insight into the design choices, manufacturing technologies, supply chains, and costs that went into them.

And, as the leader in quality assessment of consumer electronics, DXOMARK has measured and compared the performance of top brand smartphone flagships in terms of camera performance. From specifications to actual photo and video quality, DXOMARK will share its views on trends, disparities, ongoing and upcoming technical challenges.

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CIOE (China International Optoelectronic Exposition) is the world’s largest exhibition in optoelectronic industry. It is the first as well as the most influential optoelectronic exhibition in China. The event is an annual gathering for the global optoelectronic professionals to gather around to network with business partners and discover the future trends. CIOE presents an entire optoelectronic industry chain. It is a meeting place where you could meet the people from every corner of optoelectronics fields including optical communications, lasers, semiconductors, infrared Imaging, precision optics, and photonics.


Yole Développement provides market researchtechnology analysisstrategy consultingtargeted media, and financial advisory services.

With a strong focus on emerging applications using silicon and/or micro manufacturing since 1998, Yole Développement has expanded to include more than 80 collaborators worldwide covering Photonics – Lighting – Imaging – Sensing & Actuating – Display – RF Devices & Technologies – Compound Semiconductors & Emerging Materials – Power Electronics – Batteries & Energy Management – Semiconductor Packaging and Substrates – Semiconductor Manufacturing – Memory – Computing and Software.

The market research, technology and strategy consulting company Yole Développement, along with its partners System Plus Consulting and PISEO – all part of the Yole Group of Companies-, support industrial companies, investors and R&D organizations worldwide to follow technology trends to grow their business and help them understand the 6 specific markets.

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System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems. Created more than 20 years ago, System Plus Consulting has developed a complete range of services, costing tools and reports to deliver in-depth production cost studies and estimate the objective selling price of a product. System Plus Consulting engineers are experts in:
Integrated Circuits – Power Devices & Modules – MEMS & Sensors – Photonics – LED – Imaging – Display – Packaging – Electronic Boards & Systems.
Through hundreds of analyses performed each year, System Plus Consulting offers deep added-value reports to help its customers understand their production processes and determine production costs. Based on System Plus Consulting’s results, manufacturers are able to compare their production costs to those of competitors. System Plus Consulting is a sister company of Yole Développement.

DXOMARK is a French technology company and the international leader in the quality assessment of smartphone cameras, display, audio and battery, and other consumer electronics (such as cameras and speakers).

As a private and independent company, DXOMARK’s mission is to help Original Equipment Manufacturers develop high-quality products for the benefit of the end user.

To guide users in their choice, DXOMARK provides on its website – & .com – the largest database of quality evaluations of products in the form of an overall score.

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