High iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 sales are good for... Sony
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Sony Xperia series smartphone sales do not bring the company as much profit as it would expect, even though they are well-recognized on the market. However, Sony has another product in its portfolio that has been so popular the Japanese company is planning new investments to meet the surging demand. We’re talking about Sony’s image sensors.
Recent reports show that the company controls 40.2% (in terms of volume) of the image sensor market (up from 35% last year). The runner-ups stay way behind: OmniVision’s share is 15.7% and Samsung’s – 15.2%. The whole market’s value is currently estimated at around $8.65 billion.
The demand for Sony’s sensors is so huge that the Japanese are planning to invest over $375 million more than previously planned to increase their factories’ output capabilities. That’s on top of ca. $900 million investments announced earlier this year.
Sony’s image sensors are found not only in „traditional” digital cameras but also in a huge number of smartphones, inlcuding wildly popular iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 (even with Samsung being able to manufacture their own sensors).