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BlackBerry Mercury to use same camera as Google Pixel

Camera quality is the one key area where smartphone manufacturers have been seeking to differentiate their products in recent years. In line with that trend, it appears that BlackBerry is preparing to include a top-end sensor in its next smartphone.

The device, which has been codenamed the BlackBerry Mercury, will include the Sony IMX378 sensor, according to leading Germany tech writer Roland Quandt. This is the very same sensor that is used in the Google Pixel smartphone, which many rate has having the best imaging performance of any handset.

Offering a resolution of 12 megapixels, the standout feature of the Sony IMX378 is its large pixel size of 1.55 μm. This enables good performance with low levels of noise; particularly noticeable when shooting in dark environments.

While the Sony IMX378 is likely to be used for the main camera, Quandt says that BlackBerry has sourced a supply of both Samsung S5K4H8 and Omnivision OV8856 units for the front-facing shooter. Both of these sensors offer a resolution of 8 megapixels.

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