A Sony Xperia phone with six rear cameras is reportedly coming

A Sony Xperia phone with six rear cameras is reportedly coming
Mockup render

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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24 Comments

1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1610; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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.

3. User123456789

Posts: 912; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Adding a notch or hole would decrease sales even more.

23. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You're still using that played out excuse?

9. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

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.

11. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Guess he means the camera software that drives their IXMR sensors.

15. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

Isn't a valid argument anymore

19. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

What do you expect to android world where privacy and security doesn’t exist to promote ads and sell data.

2. User123456789

Posts: 912; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I know they are working with Light. I thouht it would be to develop tech to sell to all.

4. User123456789

Posts: 912; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

With all these sensors, they will probably use even smaller ones like HMD did. I want a phone with 1/1.5" not 1/2.8" or smaller. I'd rather have single big cam that smaller UWA or tele.

5. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

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.

7. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Xperia 1 has a great camera

16. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

Plz update yourself

6. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2186; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Isn't the Android platform becoming redundant?

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

In what sense?

8. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Just put a periscope lense in there and all u need is 3 lense total. Not these abomination of lenses.

10. User123456789

Posts: 912; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Must be in the end the 5G flagship. If it is already being told,to exist, it meams it must be for this year. None would leak info for a 2020 device at this point.

13. Cat97

Posts: 1890; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Let's get completely ridiculous, shall we ?

14. thefantasticspastic

Posts: 21; Member since: May 27, 2019

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.

17. User123456789

Posts: 912; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

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 ..

20. Cat97

Posts: 1890; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

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.

18. User123456789

Posts: 912; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

6 = 2 RGB 26mm + 2 monochrome 26mm + UWA + tele .... My guess ....

21. Habib111

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

Sony is a great company but without luck in smartphones. They are very capable of creating sensors and cameras and even helpful for other manufacturers but can't do any good for themselves what a shame

22. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Nokia: look at my pentacam. Sony: hold my beer...

24. PhotoPixel

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

They still fail. They proved they don't know how to work with software.

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