Sony to introduce “World’s First Memory Embedded Camera” in 2017 Xperia range

by XB on 22nd February 2017

in Imaging

Sony Mobile is set to launch the “World’s First Memory Embedded Camera” in select 2017 Sony Xperia models, according to a leaked internal slide. The picture below highlights a feature called “Motion Eye”, which we have also heard from some of our own sources.

We understand that the feature will entail a type of predictive capture. Once the camera detects motion, it will start buffering, taking 4 pictures in the one second prior to the shutter being pressed and saved.

We recently heard about Sony’s new triple-layer CMOS image smartphone sensor, which includes a layer of DRAM. So it sounds like Sony will be using one of these chips in this year’s flagship Xperia range. One of the key features is super slow motion at 960 fps.

The source of the picture says that we should see a Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium this year. We understand the Xperia XZ Premium is expected to have a 4K HDR display and run a Snapdragon 835 chipset. Expect the design to be no radical departure from what we’ve already seen in 2016. Although, don’t expect these flagship models to launch before June 2017.

  • Nick Paschalidis

    “Dont expect these flagship models to launch before June 2017.”
    That’s actually something Sony needs to work on.It is a really bad idea to announce phones in March and release them 3 months later.

  • They are probably talking about an announcement at ifa

  • Cakefish

    You have my attention Sony.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Just reduce the pixel count down to 16mpx k thanx bye

  • They’ve got mine too.

  • Bloobat

    Have to agree with you, their release dates/plans are never clear either which is more than a little frustrating.
    Really hoping on this years range they increase battery size at the cost of some thickness as let’s be honest who wouldn’t choose battery life over sa few mm!!

  • RockStar2005

    1000% agree! I had to wait FOUR months last year from when the X Performance was announced to when it ACTUALLY got released. That is total BS!

  • TimmY

    They didn’t announce anything yet.

  • Vinicius Araujo

    Yes! Let’s imagine that Sony needs time to get these devices ready… Then announce them when they’re ready! Because people will see their announcement, and will start to look for prices and availability info, seeing that the device is coming 4 months later (or even more in some markets) is a huge turn off

  • kurakuradisco

    it’s the “world’s first”, let’s see how many people will whining about the price.

  • hansip

    Now with this memory method, even less need for OIS i suppose, since that the shutter speed can be made faster, resulting in no shake blur, and the native slow mo and less rolling shutter efect, wowza this could be a winner. Good job Sony. Now those JPEG engine..

  • Iki

    High shutter = darker image.
    Would still need ois for low light.

  • S.H.U.R.O.

    Was be better if SONY will add RAW, ND filter and 30 sec. Long exposure..

  • hansip

    Or merging between captured frames like Pixel can do it.

  • Kima

    XZs? is that a new flagship compact phone like Z1…Z5 compact?

  • Biancoceleste

    No thanks. I like my cropping and still being able to retain more detail than any other phone camera.
    Plenty of sub 20MP handsets out there.

  • Biancoceleste

    Yes to the long exposure, the rest isn’t necessary. ND filter can be done on several post processing apps now, let alone something proper like lightroom. RAW format on the match head size phone sensors offers very little benefit.

  • Biancoceleste

    Calling it right now – Memory Embedded Camera (MEC) will be the new buzzwords and acronym teenagers furiously type out on every article pertaining to a new phone release in 2017/2018.

  • KarFar

    I will be disappointed if MWC is all about XA…

  • Iki

    You mean HDR? Image stacking?
    Would still need a slower shutter speed / higher iso for the lighter exposure.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    The problem is image noise or bad noise reduction from small pixels which hurts cropping detail. The XZ is not bad in that respect these days but I think fewer, bigger pixels in the same sized sensor would do wonders.

  • Iki

    16mp vs 23 at this sensor size wouldn’t really give noticeable results.

    But they could use their bsi tech for better low light.

  • Matt

    dont forget , external flash slot, interchangable lens , preferably with prime and telephoto lens. and cf slot since its a lot faster than microsd.

    i wonder what other products sony is making with those capability

  • Vuyo Ncube

    1.5 um vs. 1.1 um unit size is a considerable difference.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Sony should learn from google, cause I’ve used one of my friends pixel and DR is soooo good.

  • prakhar Gour
  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    I wouldn’t think twice to buy this. But I have a feeling that this is fake :(

  • Aiden Pearce
  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Take my money…..

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    I agree with you, good 16mp 3:2, 12mp 16:9 would be enough. Plus Raw should be included, Lower the MP count and make it bigger to capture stunning low light sharp pics without increasing MP count but we know that Sony is sticking with 20MP trend.

  • Aiden Pearce

    same here!!!

  • theskig

    OK but I want FM radio back and microSD support on Dual version!!

  • Aiden Pearce

    you mean separate microSD slot!!

  • Talos the Robot

    If you want to avoid the low light noise you can still use a lower resolution to your phone like 16mp or 8mp and also use lower shutter speeds.
    The most photos I shoot are at 23mp because I shoot mostly in bright sunlight.

  • dragonsneeze

    DR is mostly a hardware feature, and Google uses Sony sensors. If you’re talking about HDR+ than that’s a different story.

  • Geralt

    The release of Xperia XZ and X compact were Super fast in comparison to other Xperia released in past. Seems like the only cause of delay this time will be because of Samsung Hoarding all the SD835 Units, in that case Sony may be able to Demonstrate a Phone that’s still not in Production and When time comes they’ll assemble the units and deliver is ASAP

  • Iki

    It really isn’t a big difference.
    Sony got sensors with both 24 and 42 mp, and the 42 has lower noise. (both being the same size sensor)

  • Shehab Skull

    Just funny .. they took my 5 mins hard working design :v fuck GSMarena ..

  • And my axe!

    Oh, wait, sorry, wrong place for the meme.

  • Shehab Skull
  • Snorky112

    Xperia Z3 line released 1 week after they got announced…

  • Snorky112

    lol prepare yourself, samsung has bought all the SD835, so chances are there wont be any for sony

  • Moisés

    I do not want to be like GSM is telling. It is ugly.
    My z3+ looks a 1000 times better.

  • Moisés

    Yeah… Dual + micro sd

    Hybrid slot sucks..

  • Moisés

    I like XZ better…

    Bezels is too small now. Hard to use cam with onky one hand probably.

  • Moisés

    The flagship will be presented behind closed doors. Because it is a prototype.

  • Moisés

    No.. Maybe 5,2 or 5,5″

  • Moisés

    If Sony keeps high resolution must be a reason for that.
    A sensor of lower resolution would probably be cheaper and allow them to earn more money..
    The issue is auto mode..

    If I use same 8mp of manual + some adjustments I can do better than same 8mp auto.

  • Moisés

    I believe XA will be available soon. But all phones powered by SD835 can’t be me until S8 starts to be sold.
    Samsung is helping Qualcomm with the 10nm thing, so in exchange Sammy gets them first.

  • Moisés

    The flagship will be seen behind closed doors at MWC. Only a few people will have access .

    A prototype only..

    X and XA have follow the usual schedule..

  • RockStar2005

    Oh ok cool. I got the HTC 10 and am very happy with it so prob won’t upgrade this year (except to MAYBE the HTC 11/Ocean??). I was a huge Sony fan but I’ve been let down by them once too many times now so about a month ago I sold my X Perf and go the 10. Last summer I got the 10 but didn’t really give it a chance cuz I wanted the XP. But now I see I was better off with the 10 overall, for battery life and esp for audio quality. HTC has gone ahead there while Sony hasn’t done much at all since the Z3 (which I also used to own and loved).

  • Svnjay

    “the Xperia XZ Premium is expected to have a 4K HDR display and run a Snapdragon 835 chipset.”

    Come to papa.

  • Moisés

    Htc 11 is expected to bring sd835, 6gb ram and QHD display… Same cam of Pixel.

    I have heard htc10 has great audio system..
    Is it true?

  • RockStar2005

    Nice! Yeah I heard all that too. Not sure if I will upgrade, as I LOVE my 10 (and just got it a month ago and then sold my X Perf). But maybe?

    Yeah man, you heard right! Not only did it outdo my X Perf, it even at least MATCHED my $299 Oppo HA-2 premium amp/DAC as well! Both in quality and the volume on it is very strong! It comes with not only a DEDICATED DAC (something Sony doesn’t do anymore apparently), but it also comes with a dedicated headphone amp too!

    See this post I just put up on Head-Fi to someone else who was asking about the 10’s audio capabilities as well. Make SURE to read the article linked in the first paragraph carefully.

    The phone also has a lot of the same features as Sony (double-tap, smart call handling/auto answer, great easy to use UI/Settings menu, premium build, etc), and a slightly better battery life than the X Perf and XZ too (Sony Mobile has gone DOWNHILL on battery life since the days of the Z3). The camera is still SLIGHTLY better on Sony, but since last summer 2 major camera updates made the 10’s camera better than before and much closer to what Sony offers (just use Flash if in low light situations). I got the 10 unlocked in Topaz Gold!carrier=unlocked&color=gray . HTC made it so the 10 is FULLY compatible with my T-Mobile network by certifying VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling for it on T-Mo’s network . Sony did NOT do this for its unlocked phones. Sony doesn’t care much for its U.S. customers, but apparently HTC does.

    I even compared the 10 to the LG V20 on audio, and I feel it sounded just as great too.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    : : Guess this is fake eh.

  • azzido

    I hope they will finally focus on picture quality when taking fotos instead of more new apps that barely 1% users will use, or use it for 1% of time.
    They focus instantly on apps (wrong apps as 4K mode is abandoned since Z2) and video instead of taking pictures…over and over again…

  • azzido

    any signs – leaks about new tablet?
    I am looking for windows10 core i7 machine, at least 12 or 13″ tablet with OLED display.
    Unfortunately upcoming Microsoft Surface 5 seems to be the only and best choice.

  • Kima

    I would like to see a new 4.6 compact xperia, ’cause I don’t like xperia X compact…

  • Moisés

    Why not? It is cute….
    Very powerful too.

  • Moisés

    Htc is great too… Like Sony they make great stuff and charge higher prices..
    Just because of that people talk bad about Htc.

    I’d rather pay 700 for a HTC than 500 for many others..

    Htc10 silver looks awesome..

  • Moisés

    I asked Sony once about a new tablet X, no answer..

  • Moisés

    Sony sells cam and batteries for s8..
    Maybe a trade on the way…

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah but I feel like Sony Mobile used to be more innovative and so the higher prices were worth it. But I don’t feel that way anymore. The camera is better than before, but they still could’ve done more to improve it for what’s coming out this year, like reducing the megapixels. That sounds like a bad idea, but more megapixels actually makes low light shots worse from what I’ve read. HTC on the other hand has been constantly IMPROVING their phones, and NEVER going backwards IMO. Sony Mobile went backwards with their battery life and with their audio too perhaps (or at least with audio they didn’t improve ANYTHING since the 2014’s Xperia Z3). Then there’s the LATE releases and neglect for U.S. customers that also put a bad taste in my mouth. lol

    Yeah, and I actually got my 10 for only $500 cuz I found a $100 off coupon code online! lol HTC forever! LOL Plus you get that 1 year of Uh-Oh Protection, so I also got to cancel my private cell phone insurance too, which ALSO saved me like $100.

    Yeah I got that last summer, and did love it. But I feel like the Topaz Gold one has more style to it. Much nicer shade of gold than the gold S7 I had last year (mehh……..NEVER going back to Samsung again. F them lol).

  • RockStar2005

    Samsung did, but not ALL of them forever, JUST the first batch. HTC has basically PROMISED the HTC 11/Ocean WILL in fact have the SD 835, but in doing so it will have to be released a little later than normal (so May/June?).

  • Flythe

    So, you’re probably looking for the Galaxy Tab S Pro successor, which is rumoured to swap the Core-m for a Core-i. Don’t know what the point of putting a high TDP processor inside a tablet is, though.

  • Moisés

    I guess Z3V was last Xperia for Verizon. They want to sell unlocked phones to make more money.

    People say you should use 20 or 23mp in daylight and 8mp at night.

    About the price XZ actually was cheaper than z3 and z5. If you buy unlocked.

    Here in Brazil Sony no longer makes phones. All with number 5 were brought from Asia and price is rising a lot.

    Z3 – $ 2700
    Z4 – $ 3000
    Z5 – $ 4300
    Z5P -$ 4800
    M5 – $ 2600

    Xperia X came more than US$ 1000.
    XA about 500,00
    E5 at least 300,00

    I buy at least 1 year after a model was released, so I get it cheaper.
    Now you find a Z5 for half, but is still more than US$600 .

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  • RockStar2005

    They could make more money by caring more about their U.S. customers and putting in MUCH MORE time and money on advertising. Selling through carriers is KEY…….when Sony sold through T-Mobile they sold MANY more phones than when they didn’t. That’s a fact. Just saw an article about it too.

    Apple doesn’t really have to advertise b/c no one else makes iOS-based phones but them, and iPhones are SUPER popular. Android phone makers DO have to advertise. Samsung knows this, and the reason why they are so huge here in the U.S. is BECAUSE they advertise constantly. HTC did a good amount of that here for the M8, but hasn’t since. Sony barely even did much at all except for a VERY short-run commercial for the Z5 which ran for like a month and tied into the last James Bond movie “SPECTRE”. I saw it like ONCE (maybe twice?) on TV and then never again. They really need to do whatever including perhaps taking out loans to advertise. I swear if Sony and HTC advertised here, Samsung would be crushed! lol I know a girl in Sweden who says Sony and Samsung are BOTH like equally popular there. You know what Sony does there Moises?! THEY ADVERTISE!! lol BIG shocker, I know.

    Hmm ok. I still feel like 8 is TOO low though. I’d feel a lot better with 12-16. On my HTC 10 I have it at 9 even though 12 is max cuz with 12 I can’t get 16:9 wide shots……9 is the biggest one that will allow that.

    Really? Yeah I know in Brazil the prices are way different than here. Here I think they were all the same when new.

    That’s crazy man! A Z5P there costs $4800 NOW?! That’s insanne!! Here it’s like $500 on Amazon for the unlocked international (int’l) version! lol Yeah I heard Sony left Brazil. You should find someone in the states who can buy them for you then send ’em over. LOL Yeah I got my HTC 10 cheaper cuz it’s older now (almost 1 year).

  • Moisés

    On tv you only see s7 edge or iphone…

    Sometimes during NFL you see Moto Z propaganda on ESPN Brasil.

    No Sony, no LG, no Asus…

    Htc and chinese brand do not work here..

    $ 4800 was the price of Z5P in the beggining, Z5P came in fev/16.
    Sony website it is 3300 or 3600 if you pay monthly…

    Here you can pay tv, cellphone and other stuff monthly like you pay for house or a car.

    E5 is $1100
    XA $ 1400
    X $ 3200
    Z5 $ 2000
    Z5P $ 3300
    XZ 32gb $ 3600

    US$ 1 = R$ 3,08 … This changes daily.. Today’s value

    I believe I paid about US$ 530 for my z3+.. One year later… It was cheaper than z3 and m5..
    Also the store had it 30% off on that day.

    It arrived here one day before my bday..

    I had a C1, but Sony service repair damaged it.. I had to ask my money back.. It was a good phone, except storage ..

  • RockStar2005

    Hmm I see. No HTC there? ANOTHER reason to move to the U.S.! LOL

    Still man…………NO phone here is more than like maybe $800 US, TOPS! I mean for $3300 I could 4 of the priciest phones here. lol I’m just in shock that they sell so high down there.

    Cool. Which phone do you have now?

  • mountain

    Ever since the Z2, their release strategy had been like this.
    Z2, Z4, and X were all released in June, while Z3, Z5 and XZ are in October.
    The problem is MWC and IFA are in Feb and Sep.

  • iia3ezu

    Expect the design to be no radical departure from what we’ve already seen in 2016.

    Hello big fat bezels my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.

  • iia3ezu

    Perhaps it’ll be something like the DIGIC image processor found in Canon cameras.

  • Srikant Boddepalli

    Very good

  • deekbee

    The old Sony Ericsson K750 had an external flash addon, so thats hapened before (and it gave better low light performance than my Z5C currently does).

    And the ND filter has been included on a couple of phones from Nokia – the N8 and 808, and in the case of the 808 it was user selectable too, and could bring some truly stunning results.

    But then Sonys mobile division (and the rest of the industry too these days) don’t really care about pushing the envelope for creative options with imaging.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    You’re talking about full size camera sensors of much larger size and/or
    much superior image signalling processors and algorithms to those of smartphones. It makes a big difference in smartphones.

  • Iki

    As long as both sensors are of the same size it doesn’t make a difference.

    Processing is important, yes. But there’s nothing stopping the phone from processing more either.

  • AllanKafka

    Oh yes, so relevant! How the hell can you compare interchangeable lens with simple software tweaks for supporting long exposure and RAW (which several other phones already support)?
    This is shameless trolling. Shut up.

  • AllanKafka

    So how can you take a long exposure pic in good light without ND filter?

  • Moisés

    Z3+ dual white

  • Biancoceleste

    Noise on image sensors so small is present whether it is 2MP or 20MP. Noise reduction is software related.

  • Biancoceleste

    On a phone? How does one mount a ND filter on a cell phone?

  • AllanKafka

    Ask Nokia and/or Damian Dinning. My 808 has it. Not saying it’s the most important thing to have, but it’s nice.

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    they use japanese time

  • RockStar2005


    Which phone you think you’ll get next then?

  • Moisés

    I have no idea… XZ Premium seems nice, but I do not like small bezels.
    I like ZL style, but I will skip the new premium if it comes screen/body= 90%.

    78% is more than good to me

    I like front speaker…

    So until last year all option were any Xperia Z, any X or Moto X 2015 family ..

    I am not into Moto, kinda ugly..

    I think next time I should buy on ebay.
    Everything you buy here you pay taxes on it. Beer, tylenol… No matter the price

    If I buy a cellphone out of country they may charge me 60% when it arrives. But still cheaper than buying here..

    Even with taxes I’d pay $2600 for a XZ 64gb. Here the 32gb is $3400

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah I think you should DEF buy on eBay if it’s even a LITTLE cheaper! lol I’ve sold to people internationally on eBay before too. Canada, Russia, etc.

    Well I guess we’ll see what happens at MWC then you’ll probably know better what you want.

    For me I’m staying with my HTC 10 but will still look at the 11/Ocean. I’d be perfectly fine if I didn’t upgrade though.

  • Alex Norris
  • Alex Norris

    Yes, on a phone. You surprised, because you don`t know nothing about great cameras like Nokia 808 pw.

  • Kurisu Makise

    Just take my money. I really wait to Z5 Premium’s sucessor’s release!

  • Matt

    long exposure (sensor dependant). RAW is a nice feature and not needed for casual use (besides sony needs to create a lens correction profile for that).

  • Matt

    have you seen the bulge on 808?

    here is my opinion. these camera focused features are optional, or more in the region of wish. all i want is take the phone out. take photo and get a good if not great picture out of it.

    just because it happened before does not mean sony will or should do it. if you want to take picture (serious) jsut get a camera, or here is an idea, there are another manufacturer beside sony.

  • Leo Jandre

    Hi. I’m Brazilian and buy a expensive Xperia M5 Dual. That’s the whorst piece off sh1t I even got. Too hot, low performance, low RAM and internal memória for Android and app’s. Restart’s whitout warning when overheated routinely. I would really pay well for a device that’s suited me and i thought the waterproof Xperia would do that’s. Was wrong. It’s not reliable for emergencies, not even for common use. It’s a risk for Sony consumers.

  • Biancoceleste

    I’ve always rated the 808 (and other Lumia phone cameras) highly.

    No need for the hostile fan boy tone, settle there lad.

  • Moisés

    Que azar… Quase comprei um dourado na época pois a cam é melhor que do z3.
    Na teoria o desempenho seria tipo o do Z1.
    Mas ouvi um lance de um lote enorme no mundo todo com problema de desligar do nada.

    Aí desisti com receio de ser ” premiado”.

    Estava quase pegando o M4, mas achei uma promoção.
    Acabei com um z3+.. 100% satisfeito.

  • Alex Norris

    Then why are you asked such a question …? And why you don`t want that RAW will be implemented on xperia`s ?. I’ll tell you that in spite of the small camera`s, RAW offers many privileges for further post-processing in the editors. If you are Xperia owner, ans sony has not normaly manual controls like on true cameraphones, like the Galaxy S7, Huawei P9, Lg, Nokia, OnePlus 3, etc .. it’s your problem and Sony`s problem.
    Just, don`t write with pessimism, and why it is needed, and so on ..

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Not in North America though. Sony needs to focus on the Canadian/US market.

  • Biancoceleste

    Asking a question is forbidden?
    RAW image files on such small sensors offer no advantage for post processing. I do a tonne of photo editing and have done so on RAW files from a phone. Dynamic range is still terrible on tiny phone sensors and noise levels are still very high. You only want these features so you can keep up with your mates who own other branded phones. I want what is actually practical and useful as a serious amateur photographer.
    When you become an adult, you’ll realise keeping up with your mates cellphones is a very insignificant and meaningless part of life.

    You’re correct, it’s mine and Sony’s problem because brands like Sony who actually have a photographic background (unlike all those other brands you listed) and people who actually seriously take photographs like me, know what is useful and practical on the very limited photographic technology that cellphones carry. Sony aren’t interested in penis measuring contests between teenagers and neither are grown adults like myself.

    Chill on the uprightness and enjoy life, you’ll live longer that way :)

  • dimz

    Well, when the Canadian and US carriers don’t show much interest either, why would they bother… Go to the 3 big carriers and look around their website… None of them carry Sony devices. Even before that, they would promote every other brand (Samsung/LG/Moto/Apple), and rarely Sony.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Bell carries Sony devices and it seems the Xperia XZ Premium this time will be available with Bell.

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  • Shamoy Rahman

    LG experienced a huge drop in device sales in 2016 and a huge loss (almost -$500 million in their mobile division) while Sony made nearly a $600 million profit, yet LG still maintains a good relationship with carriers. This is all while LG is spending lots of money on carriers to promote/advertise their phones, even after making such big losses. Sony can do the same but I don’t get why they don’t take the initiative to pay carriers to promote their phones now that they’re making big profit margins, its a chance for them to capitalize more and capture more market share in the US. There are other companies that sell less phones than Sony in the US but still have their phones available on contract with carriers.

  • dimz

    Sony is stuck with the mindset that they were big (and still are, though not that much), and people should show respect, accept the prices they ask etc etc, a purely Japanese way of thinking imo. The rest of the world doesn’t care about that, so their strategy fails but they keep going at it like the Dodo bird. If they followed a similar strategy to the one their gaming department does with Playstation, they’d do better imo.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Agreed, they should model their smartphone business like their PlayStation business.

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