After a recent wave of new phones from OnePlus, Vivo, Xiaomi, and others, now it looks like Sony is moving forward with plans to release a new Xperia phone on April 14th.
Sony recently tipped its hand when it updated the banner on Xperia YouTube Page at the same time as he allegedly sends out invitations to media members. Sony’s banner gives no clue about the specific device or devices it intends to announce, however the expectation is that Sony’s new flagship phone will be the Xperia 1 Mark III, with rumors that Sony may bring back Xperia Compact also in some way.
According to leaks and a reproduction written by Steve Hemmerstofer (aka @OnLeaks), the Xperia 1 III is expected to retain the minimalist design used on previous Xperia phones, while having specifications that can compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S21 + or possibly even S21 Ultra. OnLeaks says the Xperia 1 III will have a 4K 6.5-inch OLED screen with very thin frames and a triple rear camera with Zeiss’ T * lens coating and possibly a Sony-designed periscope-style telephoto camera Cybershot branding.
As you would expect from an advanced phone in 2021, the Xperia 1 III is also assumed to come with support for 5G connectivity, along with stereo speakers, a bonus shortcut (which can also act as a dedicated camera shutter button) and a fingerprint sensor built into the phone’s power button.
In particular, it is rumored that the Xperia 1 III includes a dedicated 3.5 mm audio jack and a microSD card slot, which are two features that Samsung has abandoned on the latest Galaxy S phones. For me, this sets Sony in a very interesting position because for the first time in many years, the Xperia line may be the best option Samsung’s popular flagship phones, especially with LG looks like it is about to bow to the mobile phone business.
According to Chinese leak ZACKBUKS (via TechRadar), other Xperia 1 III specifications, including a 120Hz 6.5-inch screen refresh rate, a Snapdragon 888 chip, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage (or more, depending on the configuration).
Unfortunately, there is much less info about the rumored Xperia Compact, except that it has a 5.5-inch screen, which is slightly larger than iPhone 12 Mini 5.4-inch screen, but only slightly smaller than anything Pixel 5 with its 6-inch screen. And in case that is not enough, there is a chance that Sony can also announce updated phones for the Xperia 5 and Xperia 10 lines also at the event.
Regardless, if Sony can continue to take advantage of the amazing technology it puts into its advanced mirrorless cameras while throwing in a host of premium features and increasing operator support in the US, the Xperia 1 Mark III may be just what Sony needs to make a big comeback in the smartphone market.