Sony was always on top of the game when it came to camera performance and today, they made another step forward in that direction. The company announced that it's currently working on a couple of new image sensor designed for smartphones as well as other portable devices. These sensors bring a new RGBW matrix to the table, adding a white pixel to the usual RGB layout, in the attempt to improve light sensitivity and low-light performance.
It's a well known fact that the addition of white pixel normally has a degrading effect on image quality, but Sony claims to have found a workaround thanks to their new processing algorithms. Also, the same sensors enable the creation of movies with High Dynamic Range (HDR). Basically, it allows you to capture higher quality footage in high contrast situation.
Sony failed to offer an exact timeline for when these mobile sensors will be released, but they did say that it will take place sometime in the course of this year. Sources tell us that the first RGBW Sony sensor will measure 1/3.06'' and should come out in June, with an effective resolution set at 13MP. An 8MP 1/4'' sensor with the same HDR movie support is expected to show up in August. It might seem like a long wait, but knowing Sony's ambitions, we believe it will be worth it.