From its Twitter post, Sony has just release a teaser hinting that a new smartphone will be heading our way on August 3rd. As one of Sony’s strengths, it seems that the photo will feature some new high-end camera technology which is capable to capture a split-second photos.
It could be the first Sony smartphones to use the company’s high-end Exmor RS IMX230 image sensor. The IMX230 was announced last November and features the same 21 megapixel resolution as Sony’s other high resolution mobile sensor.
From its official pages, one of the new sensor’s main features is Image plane phase detection AF. This function enables the camera to capture quick-moving subjects and makes accurate, high-speed auto-focus tracking possible when shooting still images and videos, such as kids and animals constantly on the move and other fast subjects including athletes at sporting events.
Dedicated image plane phase detection AF pixels are discretely incorporated into the screen of the image sensor, and the distance to the subject (range) and lens position for focusing are calculated based on the information obtained from these dedicated pixels. Up to 192 AF points can be used. All of this is instantaneously carried out by the stacked CMOS image sensor’s internal image processing circuits, making it easy to enjoy shooting photos and videos of fast-moving subjects on a smartphone or other device.
— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) 30 julho 2015
It may not the first smartphone on the market to use this sensor though as some vendors like Huawei Honor 7 and the new Moto X Style and Play Handsets also already use it.
Fortunately, August 3rd isn’t far away and we are really excited to find out what it is. How about you?