Now that we are in the second half of January and that CES 2019 is fading, the atmosphere is already smelling more and more intensely of Mobile World Congress and what we usually see there. Samsung confirmed event outside the fair and before it, but Sony summons the media for a presentation at the MWC, with a hashtag that confirms it.
The brand is one of the traditional ones in the Fira de Barcelona event, with an event that starts the day and almost the MWC at its stand. The news has depended on the year, but last year was the place to introduce us to the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, as well as their plans in terms of sensors and some other news. What will we see in this one? They have not confirmed anything, but there are not few rumors.
The first line of Sony mobiles has varied in number depending on the year, accompanying to a greater or lesser extent what could be the standard flagship with the surname XZ with a superior one (Premium) and a smaller one (Compact). Last year we did see another new member of the Compact, but for this year (which would play by skipping a generation of XZ) it did not seem so clear by the recent statements of a Sony executive.
The doubts arose after the words of Don Mesa, vice president of marketing, to DigitalTrends, who spoke almost in the past about the Compact, alluding to the patent tendency to see increasing diagonals, which responds to a growing demand according to the executive.
“We kept the Compact family for a long time for the convenience of use. […] There is always room for different sizes, but people now want a lot more surface area for their content. “Don Mesa, Sony
This also fits with the leak that the Sony Xperia XZ4 will integrate a 6.55 inch panel, thus surpassing the XZ2 and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium by almost an inch and the Sony Xperia XZ3 by a little more than average. Thus, perhaps this year we will see only one Xperia XZ4-XZ4 Premium duo, giving a longer (and perhaps definitive) break to almost the only compact option in the high-end range.
This screen would have a 21: 9 aspect, thus being quite elongated, and according to the filtered renders they would maintain horizontal symmetry without opting for the notch or the hole on the screen. What has been seen are two thicker frames (upper and lower) and the logo on the lower one, with which the use of the front may not be above those that have already reduced theirs to the maximum as they have done so far. the Galaxy S, who may be leaving the “anti-notch brigade” with their next generation.
At the very least, the most
Being official the latest high-end processor from Qualcomm, the expected is that the Xperia XZ4 incorporates the Snapdragon 855. It will be one of the first phones of the year to integrate it, theoretically after the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT.
For the RAM at the moment Sony would not get on the train of the 8 and 10 GB of RAM that we have seen in other manufacturers such as Xiaomi or OnePlus, staying in a more than acceptable 6 GB of RAM, and two storage options (64 and 256 GB). To power all this, a battery of 3,900 milliamps / hour, pending to have more information on fast charging.
A rear starring the photograph
The last thing we have seen regarding the possible appearance of the new Sony mobile refers to the measurements and the arrangement of some elements. The Olixar brand showed several covers for this mobile that showed the choice of the side edge for fingerprint reader, a location that precisely in this brand is already quite familiar to us and that we saw as a relative novelty in the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018).
What it would have in common with the Samsung mobile is also the integration of a triple rear camera, which would be vertically in the center and under the LED flash, speaking of a 1 / 2.3-inch main sensor and OIS and a front one with a single sensor with a super wide angle lens. What is also filtered in this case are the measurements of the terminal, which would be 166.9 x 72.4 x 8.2 millimeters.
Sony Xperia XZ4 data sheet according to leaks
|Sony Xperia XZ4|
|Screen||6.55 inches with 21: 9 aspect ratio|
|Memory||Up to 256GB|
|Cameras||Triple rear + front camera with super wide angle|
|Others||Side fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions||166.9 x 72.4 x 8.2 mm|
The possible squires
This year at CES 2019 we have not seen any new mobile phones from Sony, which makes us think that the MWC may be the stage that welcomes the smartphones that take the baton from the L and XA families. And how could it be otherwise, there are also leaks in this regard.
Stop the Sony Xperia XA3, which would be the iteration of the Sony Xperia XA2, is expected to integrate a Snapdragon 660 with 6 GB of RAM and a storage of 64 GB. All this after a 5.9-inch screen, which would be smaller than the 6.5-inch Sony Xperia XA3 Ultra, heir to the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra.
The L range could be renewed in a new Sony Xperia L3 that would incorporate this same processor, but accompanied by 3 GB of RAM and a 5.7-inch screen with an 18: 9 aspect. Double camera with 13 and 5 megapixel sensors and an 8 megapixel front is what has also been rumored about this most basic terminal from the manufacturer.
Perhaps a more special date
Sony is still one of the important brands in the smartphone market, but competition is becoming more aggressive in areas where the Japanese manufacturer has failed to get ahead: current design, price and photography. We already talked about what the sins of the brand seemed to us in this division, and the numbers have not been anything favorable in recent years in this branch of products.
We will have to see what they finally present this year at the fair and if we see any change in strategy or turn in the design line or other characteristics of their products. At the moment the day has summoned us February 25 at 8:30 CET, being faithful to that tradition that we mentioned about opening the fair (and opening our eyes to ourselves), and we are not lacking in seeing everything they show us.