(Pocket-lint) - Sony typically announces its latest crop of Xperia smartphones at MWC Barcelona in late February. But, thanks to the pandemic, the company is going with a virtual standalone event this spring, where it will likely announce its next 5G Xperia flagship: the Xperia 1 III 5G.

When is the Sony Xperia event?

The Japanese brand will hold an online-only press conference on Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 12:30am PDT. Here are the different local times:

  • London: 8:30am BST
  • Paris/Berlin/Amsterdam/Madrid: 9:30am CEST
  • New York: 3:30am EDT
  • San Francisco: 12:30am PDT 
  • Tokyo: 4:30pm JST

How can you watch the Sony Xperia event?

Sony has confirmed it will host a stream for the event via the Sony Xperia YouTube account. We will embed the video at the top of this page.

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What to expect from the Sony Experia event

Sony hasn’t confirmed which devices it will unveil, but it’ll likely announce the Xperia 1 III 5G. The next-generation Android flagship is poised to succeed the Xperia 1 II. It's expected to feature a periscope camera, a 6.5-inch 120Hz display, Snapdragon 888 chip, at least 256GB of internal storage, a headphone jack, a dedicated shutter button, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

As for how much it'll cost, last year’s model cost $1,199 in the US, so we expect a similar price for the 2021 update. Sony usually launches its phones long after unveiling them, so a summer release is likely. In addition to the Xperia 1 III 5G, Sony might unveil the mid-range Xperia 10 III

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Chris Hall.