Images of the Sony Xperia 1 - the new name for the XZ4 - have leaked online. They follow the leak of a full spec list, which leaves very little to the imagination for the new Sony phone.
Just days before the launch, Twitter exploded with leaked press renders of the new phone along with the unexpected news that it won't be called the XZ4. No, Sony is going to call it the Xperia 1. The new lineup, which also comprises the Xperia 10, 10 Plus and Xperia L3, was leaked by Indian tech site 91mobiles.
When is the Sony Xperia 1 release date?
In keeping with Sony’s six-month update cycle of its XZ flagship line the new phone will be unveiled in February 2019 at Mobile World Congress. This marks six months on from the launch of the XZ3 at IFA, and the XZ2 launched at MWC six months before that.
Sony has confirmed there will be a MWC press conference on Monday 25 February at 8.30am CET, which is 7.30am UK time. You can watch the live stream here.
How much will the Sony Xperia 1 cost?
We think that Sony will stick with its relatively competitive pricing on its next phone. The Xperia XZ3 retailed for £699 in the UK, though it cost an unreasonable $900 in the US.
So, it follows that Sony will probably keep the price of the XZ4 - which we now know is actually the Xperia 1 - at around £699, though it might push to £749.
However, 91mobiles claims the price is even higher: 1099 CHF (Swiss Francs). This equates to £845.
Sony Xperia 1 specifications and design
These are the specs, as claimed by 91mobiles:
- 6.5in OLED screen with 4K resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio
- Gorilla Glass 6 front and rear
- Triple 12Mp rear cameras (ultra-wide, wide and telephoto)
- Support for recording 4K HDR video in 21:9
- 8Mp selfie camera (3D support)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- 6GB RAM / 128GB storage
- Up to 512GB microSD
- 4G dual-SIM
- 3300mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie
Even before the first leaks hit we were pretty sure that the XZ4 - as it was known - would look quite like the XZ2 or XZ3. Sony likes to stick with a certain design language but will make a few tweaks to the existing designs for the Xperia 1.
For a start, it has a 21:9 screen - rumoured now to have a 4K resolution - which is taller than before. You might be pleased to see there’s no notch.
At the end of January 2019 we heard from MySmartPrice that claimed to have the full, final specs for the phone. These include a 4400mAh battery which will support Qnovo adaptive fast charging, USB Power Delivery, Qi wireless charging and Stamina mode. That's a much higher capacity than the latest leak from 91mobiles, but it seems a more plausible figure.
MySmartPrice is well known for leaking phones and concurs that Sony's new flagship will have a 6.5in OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and HDR support.
The leaked specs also show the Snapdragon 855 processor (an impressive AnTuTu score of 395,721 for the 'Sony I8134' has appeared via Droidholic), 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a microSD slot. It says the IP65/IP68 Xperia XZ4 will run Android Pie, weigh 191g and measure 167x72x8.2mm, and be available in Black, Silver, Blue and Deep Purple.
A screen protector shown over at GSMArena appears to confirm the lack of a notch and tall 21:9 aspect ratio. And it turns out that all those leaks showing a third rear camera were correct. The fingerprint scanner could be back in the side power button again, last seen on the XZ1.
There was a degree of hate for the circular sensor on the XZ2 and XZ3 that was bang in the middle of the rear of the phones. Perhaps Sony has come back with its tail between its legs on that decision.
Also even though it's not clear on the photos there is reportedly a 3.5mm headphone jack on the XZ4. We think this is unlikely though, seeing as Sony dropped it from the XZ2 and XZ3. No smartphone manufacturer has yet reversed its decision on this. The above render doesn't show a headphone jack.
There are also three rear cameras. The only Sony phone with more than one so far is the XZ2 Premium, so for the regular XZ line to get triple shooters is notable. It would, if true, see Sony chasing Huawei and LG. Sony really needs to make a smartphone with really excellent cameras given its imaging prowess in its standalone cameras.
There’s a single camera on the front and the familiar and fairly unique dedicated camera shutter button. No headphone jack to be seen, as with the last two Xperia flagships.
Leaks from Mobile Fun show renders of the phone in Olixar cases. They back up the above earlier leaks, if also true, and show triple cameras, no headphone jack, a notably tall display and a fingerprint sensor back on the side of the device - not seen since the XZ1.
The above image clearly shows the fingerprint sensor placement on the side, while the below image of the same case shows the slim bezels and SIM tray on the top of the phone.
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