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Sony is a common name and very popular when it comes to photography matters. The company has been on top when it comes to supplying other smartphone OEMs with camera parts.

In fact, the quality of the devices Sony makes for other companies has shot its name to publicity, with smartphones from Apple and Huawei, among others, boasting of camera technology from this company. If the rumors remain true, we might also see a new Samsung Galaxy S7 with a Sony sensor in the camera, but this has to wait until February 21.

Just before the MWC 2016 event kicks off in Barcelona, Sony has unveiled a new sensor – Exmor RS IMX318 – that we might be lucky to see in some of this year’s smartphones, but sure to see it as from next year onwards. The IMX318 is actually a 1/2.6-inch CMOS with a maximum resolution of 22.5MP. It also comes with hybrid autofocus capable of focusing in as little as 0.03 seconds.

When compared to older versions of the company’s sensors, the newly launched lens is basically the smallest. It comes with 3-axis, electronic image stabilization that comes in to eliminate the need for bulky optical image stabilization lenses.

An improved version of the IMX300 found in Sony Xperia Z5 series

Sony unveiled Sony Xperia Z5 series of smartphones to many people’s surprise as far as the camera is concerned. However, if you think that the Xperia Z5 range of smartphones has the best snappers so far, it is time you learned that the IMX300 sensor that sticks in the snapper is nothing compared to the IMX318. The Z5 has with no doubt the best photo capturing lens, featuring a hybrid autofocus that makes the process of capturing photos extra quick.

Sony now wants this technology to come to other devices in the market as well, something that will hugely boost the issue of smartphone photography. Shipping of these sensors is set to begin in May this year, so we can expect to see them in devices that will shop up towards the end of the year. This year’s flagship devices from Samsung and LG, which are set to be released this weekend, will not come with this sensor. However, expect to see them in the smartphone versions released later in the year such as Samsung Galaxy Note 6 or even iPhone 7.