Sony's Smartphone CMOS Sensor Hints at Xperia Z4 MWC Launch

By Gerald Lynch on at

To hell with the annual smartphone launch cycle -- you want a new phone twice a year these days, right? Well, there's now evidence to suggest that Sony may soon be adopting that train of thought, with a new smartphone imaging sensor hinting at a March 2015 reveal for the Xperia Z4 -- just six months after the September 2014 IFA unveiling of the Xperia Z3.

The rumours arise from Sony's announcement of a new top-of-the-line mobile image sensor, the Exmor RS IMX230. Capable of shooting 21MP stills, Sony's calling it the industry's first CMOS for smartphones, tracking fast-moving objects with image plane phase detection autofocus. It'll also be able to shoot 4K video, with HDR modes supported for still images.

The Exmore RS IMX230 is slated to ship in April 2015 and, with annual mobile showcase MWC 2015 taking place between March 2nd and 5th next year, it wouldn't take a genius to guess that Sony would want a new flagship phone to show it off in. Though the six month smartphone generation turn around is a swift one, it's not without precedent -- the Xperia Z3 followed just six months after the release of the Xperia Z2.