Sony recently announced the upcoming launch event for their new Xperia on May 11th. It is confirmed that at least the Xperia 1 V will be unveiled at the event and it is expected to be the first smartphone to feature Sony’s next-generation camera sensor, “LYTIA”.
To add to the excitement, Sony has released a new teaser video on YouTube and Instagram providing further details about the new Xperia model.
The majority of the teaser video released by Sony on YouTube and Instagram showcases enlarged “pixels” that are likely from the new sensor expected to be featured in the upcoming Xperia phone. However, some users on Reddit have pointed out that a few of these pixels seem to suggest the inclusion of a dual-layer transistor pixel stack type sensor.
This technology is cutting-edge and involves stacking two layers of transistors in a single pixel, allowing for more precise control of the electric current and, therefore, better image quality. If this is indeed the case, it would mark a significant improvement over previous Xperia camera sensors and bring Sony closer to its goal of achieving DSLR-level image quality in a smartphone.
Of course, until the official announcement, it’s all speculation, but the excitement is certainly building as we near the Xperia launch event.
Indeed, the image above matches the illustration that Sony released in its press release when announcing the dual-layer transistor pixel stacked CMOS. As the video zooms in on the center camera sensor at the end, it’s possible that not all the cameras on the new Xperia will feature the dual-layer stacked CMOS sensor, but only the main camera.
The tweet posted by Sony’s official UK Twitter account was similar in content to the teaser video that was shared on YouTube and Instagram. However, it included a comment that hinted at the upcoming Xperia 1 V’s low-light photography capabilities. The comment read “A new benchmark for low-light smartphone photography is coming in a few days,” implying that Sony is confident about the camera’s ability to capture high-quality images in low-light conditions.
The company seems to be positioning its new flagship device as a top performer in low-light photography, which is an area where many smartphone cameras struggle. Fans of mobile photography will undoubtedly be watching closely to see how the Xperia 1 V fares in low-light conditions, and whether it can live up to the hype created by Sony’s teaser campaign.