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Sony working on a hexa-cam Xperia handheld

A potential implementation for the rear hexa-cam setup (Source: TechDroidTips)
A potential implementation for the rear hexa-cam setup (Source: TechDroidTips)
Rumored to get no less than six cameras on the back and a dual selfie cam setup, the upcoming Xperia high-end handheld should be among the first smartphones to break the 100 MP combined count. This powerful imaging array is most likely going to be powered by Qualcomm's next gen Snapdragon 865 SoC.

Qualcomm already confirmed that its latest mid-range and high-end SoCs support more than 100 MP for combined rear cam setup and selfie cam imaging, but no OEM is offering more than a combined total of 93 MP at the moment, not even Nokia with its PureView penta-cam that caps out at 60 MP. The situation should change towards the end of 2019, when single 64 MP sensors and combined 120+ MP counts are expected to roll in. Would more than 5 rear sensors even be needed? Sony seems to think that this is indeed the case.

According to reliable Twitter leaker Max J. (@Samsung_News_), Sony is already working on an Xperia model with 6 rear sensors plus 2 selfie cams, and this is probably going to be among the first to break the 100 MP combined count. Now, the device is still in development, so no actual specs are known at this point in time. Since Sony usually launches one high-end handheld model per year, we could see the hexa-cam Xperia launched in the first half of 2020. Considering that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 SoC is expected to launch in early 2020 with support for even higher MP counts, it makes sense for Sony to use this upcoming high-end SoC with its rumored octa-sensor Xperia.

While rear hexa-cam setups are nothing to sneeze at, the overall image quality is what usually counts for photo enthusiasts, and, thus far, Sony never impressed with its high-end sensor implementations. Maybe Sony should make amends in this regard with the upcoming Xperia.

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-06-11 (Update: 2019-06-11)