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Rumor | Sony's new nearly-1-inch mobile-device image sensor will launch as the IMX900-series flagship

Sony may debut a new mobile CMOS flagship soon. (Source: Sony)
Sony may debut a new mobile CMOS flagship soon. (Source: Sony)
Sony is rumored to debut a top-end image sensor that may bring smartphone cameras closer to a round 1 inches in size than ever before. Now, according to a prolific leaker, this CMOS has a product name. The potentially unprecedentedly large component is slated to launch at some point in 2022.

Sony is said to update its image-sensor offerings with the IMX800 series in 2022. They are said to be larger in size compared to its predecessors, which could boost light-sensitivity, clarity and general quality in the photos and videos taken in the future smartphones equipped with these cutting-edge sensors.

Then again, Sony is also projected to have something even more special in the works: a new IMX900 series with a flagship of 1/1.1 inches in size. For context, the biggest sensor found in a smartphone to date is the one found in the OEM's own Xperia PRO-I, although its usable area is clipped off at the edges thanks to its sheer size.

Therefore, Sony could argue that its upcoming not-quite-1-inch successor will be more authentic and, thus, effective, in terms of its specs. According to the famous tipster Digital Chat Station, this allegedly 50MP product finally has a name: it will debut as the IMX989.

Then again, the leaker is less precise as to when it will launch, only vaguely intimating that it is still on track to become the 2022 Sony mobile sensor flagship. As to the devices to feature it first, Xiaomi is currently a favorite to win this race with its 12 Ultra or Mix Fold 2 - or possibly both.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-04-19 (Update: 2022-04-21)