Sony’s next smartphone
Recent reports that have surfaced online suggest that the next Sony flagship smartphone is in the works. The device seen on the website Geekbench, a reliable source of tech news, shows the smartphone to be powered by Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm’s latest SoC. It was launched on 6 December this year and is expected to run most flagships of 2018 including Samsung Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6 and Xiaomi Mi 7.
Snapdragon 835 was well received and it powered most of Android flagship smartphones launched this year. The new Snapdragon 845 chipset will support recording 360 degree high quality videos, immersive virtual reality, higher clock speeds, better battery life and security.
Sony’s new yet to be named flagship will reportedly feature a bezel-less 5.5 inch 1080p or Full HD display with 148% RGB colour gamut. It will have a dual rear camera setup like its flagship contemporaries, both 12 megapixels with a f/2.0 aperture and HDR (High Definition Recording).
The phone will house a 3130 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge, which is supposed to charge the phone from 0 to 50% in 15 minutes. The phone also comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage but there is no indication of any external storage slot. The device will run on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
Sony’s 2017 flagship device Xperia XZ1 announced in August 2017 featured a 5.2 inch Full HD Triluminous display with Snapdragon 835, 4 GB of RAM, a single lens 19 megapixel camera, 2700 mAh battery with Oreo 8.0 out of the box. It was met with negative reviews in general citing lack of innovation and poor camera performance.
Comparing with Xperia XZ1, the new smartphone definitely shows a spec bump with bezel less display, better camera and battery but the display still falls short of the Quad HD 1440 x 2960 pixel displays in Samsung Note 8 and Google’s Pixel 2XL. It will be interesting to see what Sony has to offer in 2018. Fans will be hoping for better from the popular company next year.