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Rumor | The Sony IMX 800 will be the world's largest mobile image sensor on its April 2021 launch

The "world's largest smartphone camera" might arrive soon. (Source: Twitter)
The "world's largest smartphone camera" might arrive soon. (Source: Twitter)
The leaker RODENT950 has made some heavy allusions to an image sensor which, despite being intended for mobile devices, is exactly 1 inch in size. This would make the alleged Sony IMX 800 unprecedentedly large for its category. It is predicted to launch in April 2021, and is touted to debut in the Huawei P50 flagship series.

The Huawei P50 series of premium smartphones has reportedly run into difficulties, and now may face delays in its production and launch due to its maker's current supply woes. However, there are now hints that it will face no problems in the camera-prowess department whenever it does hit the market.

The leaker @RODENT950 (or "Teme") has posted a hint that the "IMX800" image sensor will debut later in 2021 with a size of 1 inch to a side. This would make it a trailblazer in the mobile industry for which it is supposedly destined, as CMOS for smartphones have never hit this magnitude, even at the highest end.

The tipster's follow-up posts include musings on this supposedly unprecedented 800 being 50MP in resolution and having an RYYB color-grid. This, along with an ensuing thread in which @RODENT950 appeared to list 3 different premium mobile camera combinations, has fueled speculation that the cutting-edge sensor was being linked to the Huawei P50 series.

It is indeed currently projected to have 3 variants: vanilla, Pro and Pro+. Presuming this leak and @RODENT950's new camera-spec tweet do indeed correlate, the P50 might have "main" (the IMX 800, presumably), ultra-wide and telephoto sensors, whereas the Pro might get the same except with a periscope lens in place of the telephoto shooter; and the Pro+ may be in line for all of the above with an additional ToF sensor.

Then again, this may all yet be circumstantial, with no real connection between the P50s and the rumored IMX 800 at all. On that note, an additional tweet from the same leaker indicates Teme has heard Huawei may have to exit certain national markets soon in an effort to keep its business afloat worldwide.

The Huawei P40 Pro is available on Amazon


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02-25 (Update: 2021-02-25)