Sony's 3 new mid-range Xperia smartphones leak, launch expected at MWC 2018

Sony is expected to launch three mid-range smartphones with Snapdragon 660 SoC at MWC 2018 next week

  • Published: February 21, 2018 12:45 PM IST

Sony is set to launch its flagship smartphone with modern design at Mobile World Congress later this week. The smartphone might be called Xperia XZ2, and could be accompanied by a compact model called Xperia XZ2 Compact. Alongside these flagship devices, Sony is also expected to launch three Xperia handsets that will be its mid-range offerings.

Three mid-range smartphones with model numbers Sony H3123, Sony H4113 and Sony H4213 have appeared on Geekbench. The Sony H3123 and Sony H4113 share similar internals with 3GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. They both run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.

The Sony H4213, on the other hand, also uses the Snapdragon 660 processor but comes with 4GB RAM, which means this one could be premium of the three variants. The model numbers revealed by Geekbench also suggest all these three models will have different variations that might offer different specifications.

AndroidSoul notes that the Sony H3123 might also have a variant with model number Sony H3112, whereas the Sony H4113 might have another variant known as Sony H4133. The Sony H4213 and Sony H4233 may also be two variants of the same smartphone. Since these smartphones have got listed on Geekbench recently, it could mean that the devices will be unveiled at MWC on February 26.

Sony, like many other premium smartphone brands, has been struggling in the smartphone market and the company has major presence only in its home market. The company’s outgoing chief Kaz Hirai said that the company wants to stay in the smartphone business, and it plans to focus only on the mid-range and premium segment.

Sony’s premium flagship is expected to feature a 5.7-inch 4K OLED display with taller 18:9 aspect ratio and thinner bezels. The smartphone is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 845 processor accompanied by 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The rumors also suggest dual rear camera setup with one 18-megapixel sensor and another 12-megapixel sensor. The smartphone is rumored to pack a 3,420mAh battery and run Android 8.0 Oreo.

Sony, HTC and LG are trying hard to make a comeback in the competitive smartphone market. While Apple and Samsung dominate the premium segment, the competition to these traditional brands will be the Chinese smartphone makers, who are also expected to showcase new products at MWC.

  • Published Date: February 21, 2018 12:45 PM IST