Last year, Sony adopted an entirely new design language with the Xperia 1. And arguably, this was in a bid to stand out from the crowd. A year since then, it seems like we have finally gotten a look at what the Japanese manufacturer has in store for this year.
More of that 21:9 aspect ratio
The phone will either be called the Xperia 1.1 or the Xperia 5 Plus but what seems confirmed is its design. It will sport a 6.6-inch OLED display that presumably will continue to have a 21:9 aspect ratio. This will be paired with virtually no side bezels and a uniform forehead and chin which have been reduced a fair bit.
On these bezels, you find the presence of stereo speakers which is something Sony has not included since its Xperia XZ3. The forehead bezel also houses the front 8MP selfie camera, which is paired with an upgraded rear unit. On the back, it seems the phone will boast a primary camera coupled with an ultra-wide sensor and a telephoto shooter. There also seems to be a ToF sensor included for better performance during portrait photography.
The return of the 3.5 mm headphone jack
In terms of physical size, the Xperia flagship will be just a bit narrower than its predecessor. This means the phone might be easier to grip and operate with one hand, given its boxy frame. At the bottom of the frame, you find the typical Type-C USB port for charging as well as the primary microphone.
The left edge is relatively bare aside from the SIM tray whereas the right edge is a lot busier. Here, you find the volume rockers and the power button which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. While many modern smartphones have made the switch to in-screen scanners, it looks like Sony is sticking to the more conventional approach. This might be because in-screen scanners are widely perceived to be less accurate. As for the 3.5 mm headphone jack, that will reside on the top edge alongside the secondary microphone for noise cancellation. And that is probably the biggest surprise as nearly all high-end smartphones have now ditched it in favour of Type-C USB or wireless listening experiences.
When does it hit shelves?
We have only just come across the Xperia 1.1 or the Xperia 5 Plus in leaked form. Sony is expected to debut the device at MWC 2020, which happens in late February. And between now and then, we could see many more leaks. The announcement would be just in time to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series. However, if we go by recent trends, Xperia devices are typically not available until the middle of the year. Being a flagship, it is safe to assume that the phone will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor, 8GB RAM, at least 128GB of storage and Sony’s version of Android 10. Interestingly, Sony using this chipset may also mean the phone will come with 5G support.