Sony’s smartphone division continues to turn in unimpressive performance, whereas the company remains the market leader in image sensors. It dramatically increased the resolution to 48 effective megapixels in its latest stacked CMOS design, the IMX586. According to Sony, it is the highest pixel count in the industry. It has a Quad Bayer color filter array and allowing each pixel to use signals from the four adjacent pixels. It will raise light sensitivity to the equivalent of a 12-megapixel image captured with 1.6-micron pixels.
Sony is keeping the size down to 8mm diagonal, which means that there won’t be the need for a huge camera bump. The focus is also on producing usable 48-megapixel images. Sony is planning to start shipping samples this September, with a unit price of $27 each.