It seems Sony isn’t ready to give up on its dream of a 4K smartphone future just yet. Sony is planning to launch a new handset with a 4K display, according to a new rumour. If it exists, it would be Sony’s second handset to use an Ultra HD screen, after last year’s Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.
One of the two phones will reportedly ship with 5-inch or 5.2-inch FHD display and another with a 5.5-inch 4K display , and the source also mentions that you can expect to see 4GB of RAM here, though it’s unclear whether he’s referring to both devices, or just one of them.
Unfortunately, this news comes courtesy of Mobipicker, sourced to a Weibo post. As such, I’m not entirely convinced by its worth. There’s every chance it’s complete guff.
The user, called “Reviewer” is the source, and he has been correct on some leaks and rumours in the past but also has been wrong on quite a few.
Then there’s also the fact that Sony typically does not announce its smartphones at CES which happens in the US – a sore spot for Sony – unless it’s a carrier locked US specific variant of an existing Xperia device. Recently, two Sony smartphones with model numbers G3112 and G3121 appeared in the European Economics Commission, which means they will be sold in Europe, a particularly big market for Sony. So if these are the smartphones he’s talking about, I doubt Sony will go to launch them in the US.
Sony is one of the largest tech companies in the world, their PlayStation and camera sensors businesses are booming, and they’re involved in various aspects of the market. Sony’s Mobile division however, hasn’t been doing so well ever since the dawn of the smartphones. I wouldn’t say Xperia devices are not good, they’re great but the market is chocked full of great and even greater devices. Sony have never been competent enough.
Despite that, they’ve been releasing devices consistently, a little more consistently than they should some would say. Sony is one of the few manufacturers that actually announces flagship smartphones at both MWC and IFA while most OEMs follow a yearly upgrade cycle. Taking bizarre and unconventional decisions is not new for Sony. Just like they would disable the fingerprint scanners in devices shipped to the US.
So while I don’t think they will, but if they do announce smartphones at CES in Las Vegas, I wouldn’t be surprised. Would you?