Toshiba Develops Next-Gen CMOS Sensor For Smartphones

Smartphone cameras have drastically improved in quality in recent years, but they’re still not good enough for you? Then Toshiba’s announcement [PDF] of a new CMOS image sensor, specifically designed for cell phones and other mobile devices, from today should be good news for you.

Toshiba says their 8MP/1/4-inch sensor has the smallest pixel size in the industry (1.12 micrometers) and backside illumination for improved light sensitivity and absorption. Cameras using the sensor can shoot video in 1080p/720p format at 30/60fps.

Toshiba plans to offer the first samples to manufacturers this month before starting mass production at the end of this year.