A Sony Xperia phone with six rear cameras is reportedly coming
by Joshua Swingle / Jun 10, 2019, 2:51 PM
The LG V50 ThinQ has three cameras on the rear while the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 Pro is expected to debut with four. The Nokia 9 PureView currently holds the crown for most rear cameras with a total of five. But if a new leak is to be believed, Sony could soon take things a step further.
According to tipster Max J. who is known for his accurate Samsung leaks, Sony is currently developing a new Xperia smartphone that’ll boast a whopping six rear cameras. It’s unclear at the moment how these will be arranged – the accompanying render is simply a mock-up – but they will apparently be paired with a further two sensors up front.
The exact details of Sony’s plans remain a mystery at the moment, but the device will presumably include a telephoto camera accompanied by a separate super-wide-angle alternative. Considering the recent popularity of Time-of-Flight sensors, one of these could be a candidate for the setup, while the remaining two could potentially be monochrome sensors for improved detail in low-light scenes. Regarding the front-facing cameras, it's claimed there will be two. Presumably, there will be a primary sensor accompanied by a wide-angle camera, although, once again, exact details are yet to be revealed.
Unfortunately for us, Sony’s new smartphone is still in the early stages of development, so the design of the front panel also remains unclear at the moment. However, the recently-released Xperia 1 in addition to the mid-range Xperia 10 series suggests a 21:9 display will likely make the cut. As for specifications, the number of cameras means this device is probably an upcoming flagship. However, because the announcement timeframe hasn’t yet been revealed – it could arrive in late 2019 or early 2020 – it’s unclear at this point what processor it’ll carry. Storage and RAM will most likely sit at 128GB and 8GB respectively, though.
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They can put 10 and not many people going to buy a Sony smartphone these days. They lost the battle due to software and by not changing their design language.
posted on Jun 10, 2019, 3:01 PM 4
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What's wrong with their software? It's nearly vanilla Android with additional beautiful live wallpapers and a few standard extras like Side Sense, screen modes etc. On the contrary, when I recently made a Samsung account on my Samsung, the process sneakily (and in the EU downright illegally) automatically checked the boxes confirming the usage of my private data when I had explicitly left these boxes unchecked. I erased my Samsung account after a few days and my data still live on Samsung Health against my will. It goes without saying that this is the end of my relationship with Samsung as a company and their nasty software bits.
posted on Jun 10, 2019, 3:45 PM 11
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Sony has the best camera sensors but the worst software engineers. Other companies get better picture quality out of the Same Sony sensors. If Sony fix this I would return.
posted on Jun 10, 2019, 3:14 PM 3
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No amount of sensors will change the fact that they're small, thus limited to how much light can be taken in. I'm still waiting for someone to put a near-1 inch sensor in a phone with dual aperture. Photos and video would be vastly superior to most flagships right off the bat without the need for multiple sensors to gather more data like monochrome sensors.
posted on Jun 10, 2019, 4:45 PM 1
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I would like too, but sensor does not get only larger but thicker too. Larger sensor generates more heat. Lenses are much bigger and thicker too. For the actual design I think 1/1.6" might be the limit. Sadly ..
posted on Jun 10, 2019, 5:26 PM 2
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Panasonic LX3 camera and some of its successors had a 1/1.7" sensor and the image quality was an order of magnitude better than today's smartphones. But it had a very realistic 10 megapixel resolution, perfect for that sensor. Hopefully that performance will someday be reproduced by a smartphone.
posted on Jun 10, 2019, 5:57 PM 1
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