Nokia mightn’t be alone in its quest to bring premium image and video-capturing capabilities to the smartphone industry, but the Finnish outfit is certainly the only one to have left DSLR manufacturers looking nervously over their shoulders. Yet Sony is very much renowned for its impressive array of cameras, and one could argue that it has a much more evolved reputation as a camera maker than a smartphone OEM. But playing to its strengths, it looks as though the eventual successor to the Xperia Z1 could up the ante as far as camera technology is concerned, with software discovered by ExperiaBlog seeming to suggest that it will bring 4K video to the fold.
It wouldn’t be the first smartphone to do this, but given that Sony’s portfolio is largely comprised of photography and video-centric ventures, it could have the potential to stake a claim for being the best in the business.
The software leaked is for the Xperia D6503 Sirius, the operating codename for the Z1’s follow-up, and as well as the promising detail of 4K video recording, there’s also a mention of ‘Timeshift video’ (or slow-mo recording), along with a bunch of other effects which are bound to excite us in the tech world.
One point worth noting is that despite its critically acclaimed camera tech, Nokia’s general sales performance has been abject, and whilst much of this failure to appeal will be down to the fact that all Nokias are released on Windows Phone, there’s no doubt that Sony would be taking something of a calculated risk if it plans to pin hopes on the 4K camera being the big sell.
It is reckoned that the Sony handset could be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, and with a fleet of other devices expected to be on display at the trade show, including the next HTC One, the battle for supremacy in the smartphone industry this year is already shaping up rather tastily.
We will, as ever, have coverage of all of the important mobile news in the run-up to MWC 2014, as well as any exciting info regarding the next Sony Xperia’s camera enhancements, so be sure to stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!