The latest rumours suggest Sony could be working on a new smartphone with a staggering six rear cameras. It is thought the as yet unnamed handset would become the latest in the Japanese company’s Xperia line.

If manufactured, the device will be the first hexa camera smartphone produced for mass release. Combining this with dual front-facing selfie cameras could mean an unprecedented eight cameras on a single smartphone.

Twitter user Max J, who broke the news, revealed the expected camera specs in a follow-up tweet. These include time-of-flight sensors on the front and rear of the device, as well as 20Mp, 48Mp, 16Mp, 8Mp and 12Mp lenses.

It is thought that these would all work together to produce the highest quality image, similar to how the five sensors work on the Nokia 9 PureView.

Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia 1, was the company’s first handset to include a triple camera set-up. Even its most expensive phones are yet to include high-end features such as an enhanced night mode.

Major smartphone manufacturers are prioritising the number and type of lenses, as the growing influence of software on image quality makes the megapixel count less significant.

Huawei’s latest high-end offering, the P30 Pro, features four rear sensors including telephoto and ultra-wide lenses, while Samsung heavily marketed the triple cameras on its S10 phones.

Sony is yet to even confirm any plans for a new device, so this phone remains a concept for the time being.