That's 2160 x 5050 pixels. Sounds a lot. Isn't? Sony may not sound like a big name when it comes to the smartphone industry in 2019. It used to have a huge reputation for its display and camera technology but then it kind of got lost in the sea of all the smartphone manufacturers. Especially, in India, where all smartphone companies are facing a new mid-range device war you won't hear much about the Sony devices. However, Sony still holds a visible share in the industry, and the most recent launch from the company is the Sony Xperia 1, which support a 4K-resolution 21:9 aspect ratio and OLED display panel. A few new reports suggest that Sony is looking to move one step ahead with the Xperia 1R which could have a 5K-resolution screen.
A Japanese site Sumahoinfo discovered a leaked user-agent profile for the upcoming devices, which shows the resolution of the smartphone to be 5040 x 2160 pixels, making it the first 5k-resolution screen on the device. This is now believed to be called the Sony Xperia 1R, and not Xperia 2. Sony may launch this phone at IFA 2019. So far, the screen size isn't known by as pointed by GSMArena, it could be a 6.5-inch screen at the very least given that the Xperia 1 has a 6.5-inch 4k screen. This would put the pixel density at 899ppi. The aspect ratio is expected to be 21:9 just like Xperia 1.
At this point, some of you may wonder why we need such a high resolution at a cell phone. In normal cases, we don't but if you are using VR-based applications or want to watch a movie with lots of detailed sci-fiction effects, it might be worthwhile. While Sony is certainly pushing the boundaries of screen resolution on its smartphones, the company has long since lost its standing in the smartphone space, and recently withdrew from India and other markets in a bid to turn the business profitable.
Sony unveiled its premium smartphone Xperia 1 at the MWC event held in February 2019. However, the launch was only for a few selected markets. Recently, rumors started to surface about the Sony Xperia 2 smartphone and also a mystery Xperia smartphone with no name - and six rear cameras. Now, the latest rumor is about the launch of a new smartphone in the same series as Xerpria 1. The new phone may be launched in Japan on July 9th. The leaked images reveal the triple back camera on the top left corner of the phone.
Above the rear camera setup, we can see the flash light and laser autofocus. Just like its predecessor, the phone may come up with a glass body. It will have the primary microphone at the bottom side of Xperia 1s with additional two more microphones. Apart from the rumors about its design and launch date, we don't have much information but it seem that it would something similar to Xperia 1. The Xperia 1 came with a 6.5-inch OLED display with 4k (3840 x 1644 pixels) resolution, HDR10 playback support, and 21:9 aspect ratio.
Based on the rumors, Xperia 1s is the budget variant of the premium Xperia 1 and could launch with a cheaper LCD display. However, the aspect ratio and the size of the display may not changed. Talking about the specifications of the Xperia 1, the devices comes powered by the 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform coupled with 6GB of primary camera with f/1.6 aperture, a 12MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture, and 12MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture.The device features an 8MP front facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree wide-angel lens for selfies. The handset comes with Android 9.0 Piet out of the box with the custom Xperia UI laid on the top. There is no support for 3.5mm audio jack for standard earphones or headphones. Unlike the other premium flagship smartphones, the Xperia 1 comes with a fingerprint scanner being placed on the side.
Sony announced that it is unveiling Sony Xperia Zs at the IFA press conference on 31 August. The much expected Sony's flagship, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is about specs. However, the launched date is not yet announced. The 4.6-inch phone comes with an LCD display touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The screen is made up of scratch-resistant glass coated with oleophobic for protection. The phone is water and dustproof. Like other flagship phones, it is expected to have Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB internal memory, and 4GB RAM. The micro SD slot makes memory expandable by up to 256GB. Sony Xperia XZ1Compact will run on Android 8 OS. With a 19 MP of the camera it can never go wrong with the picture and video quality. The camera is built with phase detection autofocus capabilities. The Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery is non-removable.
Motorola Moto Z2 Force
Motorola Moto Z2 Force is one the names to consider when looking into cell phones. The Motorola Moto Z2 Force is the new Motorola flagship phone. One key feature that differentiates it from other cell phones is the absence of earphone jack. The phone size is 5.5-inch. The actual dimensions are about 155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm. This phone is shatterproof.
Motorola Moto Z2 Force runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It has an internal memory of 64GB with a micro SD slot the memory can go up to 256GB. Just like Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, the Motorola Moto Z2 Force has Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Both phones allow players to experience quality graphics at real money gaming. The top online casinos are now very responsive and the processor speeds of these devices make for very smooth casino gaming.
The dual cameras comprise of laser and phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. Motorola Moto Z2 Force has 2730mAh non-removable battery which is smaller than last year's Z Force model. It is designed to have a powerful WLAN connectivity through 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 which can get to 5.0 after the software update.
The Sony Xperia Z has been confirmed for the US market but unfortunately, it won't sport the fingerprint scanner on the side like its international counterpart. We are not exactly sure why Sony decided to leave out the fingerprint scanner for the US version, but we are guessing it must be a patent issue. Whatever the reason may be, it is kind of hard to recommend a flagship smartphone with a premium price tag that doesn't even sport a feature which has become so rudimentary now that even $100 phones sport them.
The Xperia XZ will hit the US on October 2, with a 700 dollar (USD 699.99) price tag. The handset will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, IP68 certified water and dust resistance, a 2,900mAh battery and an attractive design which will come in Mineral Black, Forest Blue, Deep Pink and Platinum color options. There's also a whopping 23-megapixel rear mounted snapper, a 13-megapixel selfie cam and a 1080p 5.2-inch IPS LCD display. Considering that there are cheaper and may be even better options out there, will the Sony brand name be enough to lure you away from them?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Courtesy of GSM Arena, we are now able to take a look at the Sony Xperia F8331 prior to its launch. In case you are not aware, the F8331 is the upcoming flagship smartphone from Sony and it is supposed to be released in 2016. From what we can see, the device looks quite different in comparison to its predecessors and will probably sport a larger display as well. At the back, the position of the camera and the dual-tone flash have been tweaked slightly to give it a new look. A separate panel at the back and near the bottom can also be seen, which looks similar to an antenna window.
There's also the USB Type-C port, the 3.5mm audio jack, a NFC antenna and the much loved front facing stereo speakers. We found the device to be gorgeous and the specs look promising so far. There might be a few complains about Sony going with a Full HD display for the F8331 instead of a QHD or even 4K display, but considering how much of a battery hog those can be, we are not complaining. You can still shoot 4K videos with both the front and the rear cameras though.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)