It has been reported that the production of smartphone and tablet front-facing image sensors will be increased by Sony. The company already plans on investing 35 billion yen towards it (roughly 345 million USD) according to a recent announcement. For those of you who didn’t know, Sony currently supplies image sensors for Apple’s iPhone rear-facing camera.
The Japanese firm said it will increase production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, while completing work on a factory in northwestern Japan it bought from Renesas Electronics Corp for a total investment of 35 billion yen.
The Japanese electronics firm told Reuters that the reason behind improving front-facing camera quality is because of the popularity of video calling and ‘selfies.” The image sensors should be able to not only produce better quality selfies but will definitely play a role in improving the quality of video calls from services such as FaceTime, Skype and Tango (among many others).
It isn’t much of a surprise to hear of smartphone parts such as the front-facing camera improving, since these internal updates are found in almost every hardware refresh. As of right now, the Cupertino California company is set to release the next-gen iPhone in September which isn’t too far away. Are any of you excited about the iPhone 6?
Source: Reuters via iPhoneHacks