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Sony’s favorite smartphone: The iPhone 6

Published May 6th, 2015 2:30PM EDT
iPhone 6 Biggest Fan
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Sony’s mobile business is struggling, to say the least. In the United States, Sony smartphones are essentially non starters at this point. Even abroad, the company’s phones are struggling to compete against higher profile devices from the likes of Samsung. The company’s smartphone unit lost billions in 2014, and rumors suggest the company is considering an exit from the smartphone business so it can focus on more profitable units.

While its own smartphones are causing nothing but headaches at Sony right now, there is one smartphone that Sony absolutely adores: Apple’s iPhone 6.

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You know that bump on the back of the iPhone 6? The one that some people whined about constantly when the phone was first announced? When Sony looks at that bump, it doesn’t see a design compromise or an eyesore, it sees dollar signs.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the iPhone 6 has not one but two camera sensors manufactured by Sony — one on the front and one on the back. As a result, unnamed analysts cited in the report say that Sony makes as much as $20 per iPhone 6 unit sold.

In other words, while Sony’s own smartphone business is bleeding billions of dollars, the iPhone 6 is a cash cow for the company. Better yet, Apple is rumored to be prepping an even better camera for the upcoming iPhone 6s, which could mean a new, improved and even more expensive sensor from Sony.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.