The problem is that everyone was pleased with he results, so Sony is now facing a massive backlog of orders for the IMX214, according to Chinese tech site Mobile Dad. In fact, it’s estimated that Sony can only cover 50% of the demand, which is bad news for a lot of Chinese smartphone outfits, not to mention Sony.
This may not sound like a big problem for the casual observer, but the 13-megapixel IMX214 has been the sensor of choice for many vendors over the past two quarters. It has ended up in all sorts of devices, from $150 to $250 mid-range phones, to $500 flagships. Basically the sensor delivers a lot of performance on a budget.
Like we said, the IMX214 is used in dozens of designs from numerous vendors, including popular devices like the Nexus 6, Huawei Ascend 7 series phones, ZTE Nubia Z7 phones, Xiaomi Mi4, Huawei Honor 6, OnePlus One, Oppo Find 7 series and numerous devices designed by smaller brands.