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Sony could buy Toshiba’s image sensor business in £100m deal

Despite its struggling mobile business, Sony is still a serious contender in the image sensor market.

That position may about to be bolstered even further thanks to an imminent acquisition of Toshiba’s image sensor business, a new report claims.

According to Reuters, Toshiba has agreed to to sell the business to Sony at a price of 20 billion yen – that’s around £107.5 million.

The report claims it’s part of “a restructuring plan laid out earlier this year”, and cited “sources with knowledge of the deal”.

Toshiba is currently going through a restructuring process after it overstated its earnings over the past seven years.

As a result of the deal, Toshiba will allegedly be pulling out of the sensor business entirely.

It’s claimed that the sale is likely to be finalised soon, and will see a number of assets move under Sony’s control.

Amongst these assets is Toshiba’s image sensor manufacturing plant, which is located in Oita, Japan.

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Sony images sensors appear in its Xperia range of smartphones, but they’re also prolific across the industry.

For instance, it’s been reported that Sony makes $20 every time an iPhone 6 is sold, thanks to Apple’s use of the company’s sensors.

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