Even as Sony continues to struggle with its smartphone business, it hasn t stopped the company from releasing new devices. Earlier this year, Sony replaced its Xperia Z-lineup with the new X-series smartphones. It also exited the affordable and mid-range segment, and is now only focusing on the upper mid-range and premium smartphone market. Come next year, Sony is rumored to launch two new smartphones powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 SoC. Also Read - Sony PS5 to be restocked on July 26 in IndiaAlso Read - PlayStation 5 going on a diet? Retailer leaks lightweight PS5 in works
Sony has scheduled an event on January 4 2017 at CES 2017, which will take in Las Vegas. The conference kicks-off at 6:30AM IST and it will also be live streamed on www.ustream.tv/sony. Based on rumors, the company is likely to take the wraps off two new smartphones codenamed G3121 and G3112. Both smartphones were recently registered with Russian regulator body. The Xperia XA has a model number F311x and going by the model numbers, the G3121 could be its successor. Also Read - Xbox Series X/S could get PlayStation 5 inspired controller upgrade in future
According to a report from TheAndroidSoul, the smartphones could feature 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch displays. However, other specifications such as the display resolution, amount of RAM, storage, cameras and battery capacity are missing at the moment. Use of Snapdragon 820 SoC could be a move considering that the Xperia XA was powered by a mediocre MediaTek Helio P10 SoC.
The Sony Xperia XA was a disappointing smartphone on paper. Launched for Rs 20,990, the smartphone features a 5-inch HD display, MediaTek P10 octa-core SoC, 2GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage. However, for the same price, you could buy the Lenovo Z2 Plus with flagship hardware such as a 5-inch full HD (1080p) display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 3GB/4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB onboard storage and 3,500mAh battery. There is also LeEco s Le Max2 with 5.7-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB storage and Snapdragon 820 SoC. It remains to be seen if Sony can offer good smartphones this time around.
Sony recently started rolling Android 7.0 Nougat update for its flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ, and it wouldn t be surprising to see the new smartphones running on the latest OS too. At the event, Sony may also talk about new features coming to its PlayStation gaming console.