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Next Sony Xperia flagship camera phone rumored to be its first 5G handset

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With Sony’s plans for the MWC expo in Barcelona firming up behind the scenes, the tipsters have been at it again, unveiling the unveiled ahead of the big announcement. The latest leak from @Zachbucks (opens in new tab) on Chinese social media platform, Weibo, is a slide from Sony pushing 5G, 4K HDR screen tech and more, alongside an image of a device.

Sony is building upon a solid foundation when it comes to hardware and software ahead of its MWC 2020 announcement. The Sony Xperia 5 (opens in new tab) is a great phone with a great camera, especially when it comes to manual video capture, and leaked renders have suggested that we’ll be getting an Xperia 5 Plus soon enough. This looks set to come complete with at least three cameras around the back and a familiar design, as well as a Snapdragon 865 chipset.

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Additionally, we may well be seeing the successor to last year’s Xperia 1 (opens in new tab) too, which was announced at MWC 2020, with the device launching in the spring. 

The leaked slide confirms that the new phone will pack 5G, which will, with any luck, see significantly better coverage throughout 2020. This device’s screen will likely feature 4K resolution and OLED tech, with a 21:9 aspect ratio - all traits shared with the current flagship, the Xperia 1.

Will these two devices in fact be one? Can we also expect a slew of midrangers, mirroring Sony’s 2019 MWC strategy? All will be revealed soon enough, with the event kicking off on 24 February 2019.

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Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there he headed up Btekt as a director and then Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.