Sony Rumoured to Launch 5G Flagship Phone at MWC 2020, 4K Display Tipped

The next-generation Sony flagship is rumoured to have support for standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) dual-mode 5G connectivity.

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Sony Rumoured to Launch 5G Flagship Phone at MWC 2020, 4K Display Tipped

Sony last year unveiled the Xperia 1 as its flagship with a 21:9 display

Highlights
  • Sony is said to have a new flagship in the pipeline
  • Chinese media suggests that the flagship would cost over CNY 6,000
  • Sony may have other smartphones in the works, too

Sony is rumoured to be in plans to launch its first 5G phone at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The Japanese company recently sent out invites for its press conference at the MWC that will take place on February 24. At the conference, it is said to bring its new flagship phone that will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, paired with the Snapdragon X55 5G modem. Sony is also speculated to have some new mid-range smartphones in the pipeline that could be called the Sony Xperia XA3, Xperia XA3 Ultra, and Xperia L3.

The next-generation Sony flagship will have support for standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) dual-mode 5G connectivity, reports MyDrivers. The Chinese publication has also presumed that it would be the world's first Snapdragon 865 SoC-powered flagship with a 4K screen or might be the world's first 5G phone with a 4K display.

Sony is likely to retain the design philosophy that it adopted for the Xperia 1 last year and offer an ultra-tall 21:9 display that would be a 4K HDR OLED panel. The display panel is also reported to be slightly larger in size over what we had on the Xperia 1 -- with a diagonal measurement of 6.6 inches.

If we believe what has been reported by the Chinese media, the new premium smartphone from Sony will carry a price tag above CNY 6,000 (roughly Rs. 61,700). This could be in line with other top-end offerings including the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The rumour mill has suggested that the new Sony Xperia flagship would feature a quad rear camera setup with either 48-megapixel or 64-megapixel primary sensor. The smartphone is also speculated to have a 12-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens, 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens, and a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for capturing portrait shots. Moreover, the Sony model is rumoured to have 8K video recording support.

Sony last week sent out invites for its press conference at MWC 2020, though it hasn't announced any specific plans. Therefore, it is safe to consider the latest rumour with a pinch of salt.

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