Sony rumored to announce lens/sensor combo attachment for smart phones

Sony camera attachment for smart phones

It seems that Sony is working very hard to capitalize on the growing smart phones market. The latest rumors describe a new device in the form of a lens that will have a built in sensor, battery and memory that attaches to a smart phone and transmits the captured images to the phone via NFC and Wi-Fi. The first unit is rumored to have the sensor and lens from the RX100MII camera (1" sensor and 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Zeiss lens).

I really don't know what to think about this product (assuming Sony will really release it). In the past there were similar solutions (see here and here) that were more of a hoax then a real prototype. Maybe Sony took them seriously and developed the idea into a real product? Would you use such integrated lens and attach it to your phone?

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