Will it be a new flagship? An iPhone Mini competitor? Both?
Sony has, in a really low-key method, simply introduced that its upcoming Xperia occasion will be on April 14th (via Droid Life). The information comes from the Xperia YouTube channel’s banner, the place it lays out that there will be a brand new product announcement occurring at 4:30PM Japan Standard Time — that’s 3:30AM EST, or 12:30AM PT (if you happen to really feel like burning the midnight oil to observe dwell).
The banner provides no actual hints as to what will be introduced, however there have been a couple of rumors floating round — one a few new flagship, the Xperia 1 III, and one concerning the return of the Xperia Compact, which might find yourself being an Android reply to the iPhone Mini.
It’s value noting that there are other rumors that point out new variations of the Xperia 5 and 10, leaving out the Compact totally. But just about each rumor signifies that we’ll see a brand new entry within the flagship Xperia 1 line. Leaks point out that the 1 III will have a periscope zoom lens, and Techradar recently published what could possibly be the complete specs. It’s largely what’s anticipated from a flagship Android phone: Snapdragon 888, 12GB of reminiscence, 5G, and a 4K 120Hz display screen.
It’s most likely a secure guess that if there’s just one phone being introduced (which is hinted at by the singular “product” within the picture from Sony), the Xperia 1 III can be it — the 1 line appears to be on a yearly cycle. The Compact is far more of a wildcard — the final time Sony launched a “Compact” branded phone was in 2018, although it does use the phrase to market the Xperia 5 II, with its 6.1-inch display screen, which is across the similar dimension as an iPhone 12 Pro or Galaxy S21. The rumors for a 2021 model of the Compact say that it’ll have a 5.5-inch show, which is barely a tiny bit larger than the display screen on an iPhone Mini.
Both potential phones are rumored to come with headphone jacks. As for what we’ll actually see on the day, only time will tell — but thankfully there’s not much of it left.