Samsung Galaxy S5 Production Delayed Due to ISOCELL Camera? Six-Element Lens Generates Low Yield

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By Ryan Inoyori | March 19, 2014 12:00 PM EST

Samsung may have production issues with the Galaxy S5's ISOCELL camera yielding results. It turns out that the ISOCELL sensor is more complicated that with the Galaxy S4 camera, having more elements needed for production and can only meet up to 30 per cent production yield.

ISOCELL Camera Production

Samsung posted in YouTube that explains how Galaxy S5 capture high-quality images using the ISOCELL sensor and revealed that it is better than BSI or Back-Side Illumination cameras.

Unfortunately, the ISOCELL camera Samsung boasts about on Galaxy S5 is currently getting production issue that may plague overall supply of the device. According to Phone Arena, the main issue is the lens optics not the sensor itself. Samsung is now using six-element lens on Galaxy S5 and it all has to fit in the same slim camera module.

"On a thin lens, even the slightest flaw results in a considerable optical distortion. To make plastic lens thinner, a more accurate mould technology is necessary," quoted statement by a Korean publication.

In comparison with Galaxy S4, Samsung only used five elements last year to produce lens optics for the yesteryear flagship smartphone. But in the case of Galaxy S5, Samsung needs to fit in an additional lens element on the same size with Galaxy S4 camera module and the only solution is by making more accurate mould to produce thinner lenses.

Because of this production issue, Samsung is unable to produce massive numbers of Galaxy S5 according to the publication, which would affect releases in stores and may disrupt consumer demands.

Around 20 to 30 per cent of the lenses are the current production yield rate on Samsung based on the information provided sources.

Initial Production Setback

Before the lens problem on Galaxy S5, initial reports claim that a fire incident could cause major Galaxy S5 setback for release in April. In Anseong, South Korea, a huge fire destroyed a factory where PCB or printed circuit boards were supposed to be manufactured for the Galaxy S5.

It was detected on a Sunday morning around seven and with even more than 250 firefighters; the fire destroyed everything including equipment and components used for manufacturing. Around $1 billion is the estimated damage to all that the fire destroyed.

Samsung reaffirms that the fire incident will not affect the scheduled April 11th global release of Galaxy S5 since the company hired more than enough PCB factory for the device.

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