Sony is working on a 100MP image sensor for mid-range smartphones

sony is developing a new image sensor – a 100MP sensor – for smartphones – a first for the company. A 100MP sensor is nothing new for a smartphone, but Sony’s is something new to look for as smartphones are heavily dominated by sensors made by Samsungespecially in the mid-range segment.

The only two 100MP – or larger – sensors on the market are from Samsung – the HMX and HM2 – especially seen on smartphones in the mid-range segment. The majority of smartphones in the segment have also opted for Samsung’s JN1 50MP or GN5 sensor. However, with Sony’s alleged 100MP sensor, things might change in the future.

According to a recent post from tipster Digital Chat Station on Weibo, Sony is working on a new 100MP CMOS sensor that will be seen on upcoming mid-range smartphones, rivaling Samsung’s 108MP HM2 sensor. The tipster suggests that said sensor will be part of Sony’s IMX8 smartphone sensors.

Additionally, Sony is also working on a new IMX9 series large sensor. According to the tipster, the next sensor in the IMX9 series would take Samsung’s 50MP GN2 sensor, which debuted last year with XiaomiIt’s the Mi 11 Ultra. Earlier rumors suggested that a new Sony 50MP image sensor dubbed IMX989 is set to debut with the upcoming Xiaomi 12 Ultra. The tipster also suggests that the sensor would be close to 1 inch in size.

Meanwhile, Samsung is also working on a 200MP sensor, which is confirmed to be released with the Motorola Frontier. Additionally, an upgraded 200MP ISOCELL HP3 sensor is under development at Samsung which may debut next year with the Galaxy S23 series, and it’s reportedly larger than 1/1.12 inch, meaning it would be bigger than the GN2. sensor.


Michael C. Garrison