Sony Mobile launches its phones regularly, often using two points in the year to update the line - something it has done reliably for the last few years.
So what can we expect from the next Sony phone? We're crunching through the leaks and rumours as we track Sony's next device up to launch.
- Monday 24 February announcement
Sony Mobile holds press conferences on Monday of Mobile World Congress 2020, and this year is no exception, with an event booked in for Monday 24 February 2020, at 08:30am CET.
That at least confirms that Sony has something to talk about at the show - although we never had any doubt about that.
What will the next Sony phone be called?
When Sony launched the Xperia 1 and 10, it said it was going to be sticking to using those names. It then introduced the Xperia 5 in the middle, but as we understand it, Sony Mobile wants to stick to Xperia 1 (4K flagship), 5 (other flagship) and 10 (mid-range).
Exactly how Sony will name the next Xperia phone we don't know. Xperia 2 has been suggested a lot, Xperia 5 Plus has been suggested, and there's some precedence here - as there's already an Xperia 10 Plus. So far there's nothing concrete to go on.
- 168.2 x 71.6 x 8.1mm
- Flat edges
The best hint we have towards Sony's next phone are a set of renders from a reliable leaker, @OnLeaks. These were shared under the name Sony Xperia 5 Plus, but he admitted to being confused about what approach Sony was taking to naming.
The key takeaways from these renders are around the design. It shows a flattened frame, giving us a 21:9 phone with smaller bezels, and flat edges. It's reminiscent of the iPhone 4, but the original Xperia Z had flat sides too.
Whether the leaked images are Sony's next phone or not, they do at least suggest how the design will evolve - but this phone is larger than the Xperia 1 based on those leaked specs, meaning it's pretty huge.
- 6.6-inch OLED display, 21:9 aspect
Having made a move to 21:9, we're confident that Sony's next phone will stick to this aspect. The leaked specs suggest a 6.6-inch display, with little bezel to the left or right and a reduced forehead and chin compared to the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5.
What we don't yet know is the resolution. Sony tends to offer its "premium" phone with a 4K display (as per the Xperia 1) or at full HD (as per the Xperia 5). With a display that's larger than the Xperia 1, it could be a replacement for the 4K phone, or a Plus version of the Xperia 5 as suggested.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 12GB RAM
- 3.5mm headphone socket
So far there's only really been one leak that points to hardware and that's hardly reliable. A Geekbench report showed up for a Snapdragon 865 device with 12GB RAM and an unknown Xperia model number.
This could point to future specs for this next Xperia phone, or could simply be a testing prototype, but Sony has historically used the latest Qualcomm hardware.
The side-mounted fingerprint scanner persists and based on the experience of the Xperia 5 that's not the best solution. It also appears that the 3.5mm headphone socket might be making a return. Recently this has been reserved for mid-range devices, so we're not sure if this is a change of direction.
This is where things get a little messy, because the camera picture is far from clear. In mid-2019 there was the suggestion that we'd see a six-camera system from Sony, including some specs for those cameras, but there was nothing to justify what all these lenses would do.
More recently, the renders suggest a four camera system, although it's not clear what all the sensors are on the back of the phone - because the render looks like it has two flashes on it, which it surely won't. That could leave us with four lenses and a time of flight sensor.
For the front camera we've seen 8-megapixel and 10-megapixel suggested, with one suggestion of a front time-of-flight sensor too.
Next Sony Xperia rumours: What's happened so far?
Here are all the rumours and leaks about the next Sony Xperia phone.
6 January 2020: Next Sony Xperia phone gets laid bare in hardcore photo leak
Renders from a reliable source give us a good look at a forthcoming Xperia device with a smattering of specs.
Here comes your very first look at which I assume will be launched as #SONY #XPERIA5Plus! (who really knows about naming schemes nowadays?...)— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) January 6, 2020
360° video + gorgeous 5K renders + dimensions + few specs, on behalf of... Myself and @Slashleaks...
-> https://t.co/AoQROn7PVg pic.twitter.com/6Dooemv4Ep
10 December 2020: Sony's next Xperia flagship could launch on Snapdragon 865 with 12GB RAM
Information coming from Geekbench suggests that there's an Xperia device testing with Snapdragon 865 and 12GB RAM.
19 June 2020: Sony's six-camera phone has key specs leaked
Early specs outline the composition of a six camera system for a forthcoming Sony phone.
As I mentioned last week there's going to be a new Sony phone. Today I heard some things regarding it's camera specs:— Max J. (@Samsung_News_) June 18, 2019
The specs might be different in the final product do to this device still being in development. The images are based on imagination.
Enjoy the specs! pic.twitter.com/pKWR7L9dTT
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