Motorola's new Moto X Style carries Sony's IMX 230 1/2.3-inch sensor

Sales of image sensors helped push Sony to triple its net profit after the second quarter this year (Sony's first quarter) compared to the same period last year, up to 82.4 billion Yen. Sales of Devices, the category containing Sony's sensor business, rose 35% year-on-year, which Sony attributes in part to higher demand of mobile products containing its sensors. Also responsible for the jump is a healthy trade in Playstation 4 games.

As detailed in Sony's latest financial report, its Imaging Products and Services business saw in a modest sales increase of 3.5% year-on-year thanks to favorable exchange rates and a shift to more expensive camera models. 

Earlier this year Sony announced its intention to branch off its audio and visual business into a separate subsidiary. At the same time, the company re-affirmed its commitment to sensor production and development. Since then we've seen the introduction of its stacked sensor design to the compact camera class in the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV and Cyber-shot RX10 II.