KDDI may have done its best to bury it amongst the few dozen other phones it announced today (including that eye-catching X-RAY clamshell), but we’re not about to let the first phone using Sony’s new 16.4 megapixel CMOS sensor slip by. That honor naturally goes to Sony Ericsson itself, which has stuffed the sensor into the otherwise ordinary looking Cyber-shot S006 cellphone. In addition to all those megapxiels, you’ll also get ISO settings up to ISO 12800, and the rest of the camera’s specs aren’t too shabby either, including a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.3-inch screen (said to be VGA, though we’re assuming it’s actually HVGA or WVGA), and built-in WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Unfortunately, all of that is paired with Sony’s own proprietary non-smartphone OS and it’s, of course, exclusive to KDDI in Japan for the time being (and only being released next spring).
Exactly a year after developing the 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor for cellphones, Sony Ericsson has introduced the same in the form of S006 smartphone. This is a substantial jump from the current 12MP ceiling for cellphone cameras. With value for money brands incorporating 12MP cameras, this jump in pixel density gives Sony Ericsson a much needed edge in the high-end phone market.
The CMOS sensor on the S006 includes proprietary Exmor R image engine which is capable of ISO 12800 sensitivity levels. Also on the cards is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, inbuilt FM, GPS navigation enabled by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor mated to Sony Ericcson’s own mobile OS.