Sony’s dual-camera system will be used by ‘major smartphone players’ in 2016



Word on the street says that Apple is going to introduce a dual-camera system in the “iPhone 7 Plus,” and those rumors just keep popping up.

This time, to add to the fire a bit, Sony’s CFO Kenchiro Yoshida has chimed in about the future of its own dual-camera system, as revealed by XperiaBlog. Yoshida was speaking about the camera system during the company’s third quarter 2015 earnings call, saying that the company’s dual-camera system will be featured in devices from “major smartphone players.” Of course, as should be expected, he wasn’t able to get down to specifics, or reveal which companies, in particular are looking to adopt the technology.

Sony’s camera technology is already utilized by a variety of brands, including Apple. And while dual-camera systems aren’t completely new in the smartphone world, following the release of HTC’s One M8 featuring its own Duo Camera system, simply having rumors that Apple is jumping into the same game is enough to spur changes and adoption in other companies. With so much being said about Apple’s decision to use a dual-camera system in the iPhone 7 Plus, many expect it to be a reality later this year.

Yoshida has hope for the dual-camera system landscape, saying that while there will be major players in the smartphone market that launch devices featuring the technology, it won’t be until 2017 that it really takes off:

“Well, for next year, our so-called dual lens – dual camera platform will be launched by, we believe, from major smartphone players. However, as I said previously, recently, our smartphone market is growing and particularly, our high-end smartphone market is now slowing down. So, that may impact the demand or production schedule of dual camera smartphones by the major smartphone manufacturers. So, we believe the real start, the takeoff of smartphone with dual lens camera will be in the year of 2017.”

The Rumor Mill has suggested that Apple will use technology from LinX in its dual-camera system for the iPhone 7 Plus, but it’s certainly possible that Apple could still use sensors from Sony in the final design. A recent report suggested that Apple is testing dual-lens camera samples from a variety of companies.

Are you hoping the dual-camera system rumor is true?

[via MacRumors; XperiaBlog]

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