Samsung has announced availability of an 8 megapixel module for integration into mobile phones.
The module measures just 8.5 mm thick, and Samsung claims it is the slimmest CMOS camera module of its kind.
Integration into handsets is expected to start in the second half of the year, threatening to quickly put current high-end 5 megapixel phones in the shade.
The new module will also provide a range of features including face detection, anti-shake and 1-cm macro.
No information is yet available about the actual sensor size, which is a key element in a camera module.