According to a report, Sony is set to release the first one-inch sensor specifically made for use in smartphones. The new sensor, called the Sony IMX700, would reportedly find itself in the upcoming Huawei Mate P50 series and the increased size would no doubt dramatically improve image quality.
The rumor comes from Teme (@RODENT950) on Twitter, who is normally known for leaking information on unreleased Huawei products, in this case, the Mate P50 series. There are of course limited details, but Teme does state that Huawei’s new phone camera using this sensor would supplement that large main camera with an ultra-wide and telescope camera and would include periscope lenses on higher-end models.
A one-inch sensor in smartphones isn’t entirely new, as Panasonic did it with its hybrid Lumix CM1 back in 2014. Still, that sensor was not designed specifically for use in handheld devices.
Panasonic’s implementation was more akin to stuffing a point-and-shoot camera sensor into a mobile device that formed a sort of camera and phone hybrid. rge of a sensor into a smartphone would allow mobile devices to further close the quality gap with dedicated cameras and may even convince even the staunchest holdouts against mobile phone photography that smartphone capture can be a “legitimate” form of the art.
The rumor claims the new sensor will be officially announced as soon as April.
(via Android Authority)