What you need to know
- CAD-based renders of Sony's next flagship phone have surfaced.
- The phone, which could be called the Xperia 5 Plus, will apparently feature a 6.6-inch OLED display.
- It will have a triple camera setup at the back, along with a ToF sensor for portrait shots.
Sony had introduced the Xperia 5 at IFA last year as a "compact" alternative to its flagship Xperia 1, featuring fairly similar tech specs. It now looks like Sony's struggling smartphone division is set to launch a "plus-sized" variant of the Xperia 5, which could be called the Xperia 5 Plus. CAD-based renders of the upcoming phone have now surfaced, courtesy of tipster OnLeaks and SlashLeaks.
The renders show a fairly similar design to the current Xperia 5, although the top and bottom bezels do appear to be slightly thinner. It also looks like the Xperia 5 Plus will have an identical 21:9 aspect ratio as the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. According to @OnLeaks, the phone will have a 6.6-inch flat display, although the resolution remains a mystery at this point.
There are no major differences at the back either, except for the addition of a ToF sensor. The time-of-flight sensor should allow the Xperia 5 Plus to capture better portrait photos than the Xperia 5. Sony Xperia 5 Plus will also have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, an 8MP front camera, and dual front firing speakers, similar to the company's current flagship phones. Surprisingly, however, the Xperia 5 Plus renders suggest the phone will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Xperia 5 Plus will possibly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, although it hasn't been confirmed yet. Since Sony usually launches its new phones at MWC, we expect the Xperia 5 Plus to be formally unveiled in Barcelona next month.
Sony Xperia 5
Sony Xperia 5 is a relatively compact Android smartphone featuring an extra-tall 21:9 aspect ratio display. While it isn't a true flagship, the Xperia 5 runs on the Snapdragon 855 processor and comes with the same capable triple camera setup at the back as the bigger Xperia 1.
Now this is interesting! Headphone jack and not notch/hole punch? On potentially a flagship? Count me in!
This phone looks stunning, nice slim bezels with stereo speakers, flat oled screen with NO hole or notch, latest internals, great squared off design, headphone jack, camera button. Sony's smashed this one out of the ballpark with this design. There's always been something bout Sony's phones that stands out and makes them distinctly Sony even with the large bezels they still managed to look good but this one is their best one yet. If it's priced right this one could put them back on the map.
With Sammy copying the worst of Apple, I might have to go Sony. I really want my headphone jack. Why? 1. I lost my buds recently and am currently using wired headphones, until I find them or get new ones.
2. I record my podcast on my phone with a wired lav mic. Wired mics are cheaper and better than Bluetooth. Very few USB-C ones exist and I'm not about that dongle life.
When it comes to recording, wired always perform better than wireless. And with wired earphones or headphones, I don't need to worry about battery life since... there isn't any battery.
This one ticks a lot of boxes, and I'm seriously interested. The camera and audio would be a downgrade, but I applaud Sony for a classy design and not compromising the screen.
Finally, time to back to Xperia.
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