Sony fans could be excited about a new Xperia phone next month. The Japanese tech company is famous for launching its top quality flagship devices in February. Despite the ongoing health crisis, there is no evidence this year that it will be any different. While there’s no official confirmation of a release date from Sony, a new leak may have given us a pretty good idea that it could be coming soon.
Images released through Onleaks show what appears to be the official rendering of a new Xperia 1 III (that’s Mark 3 if you’re wondering), and perhaps the biggest change could be a vastly improved camera lens with a more impressive zoom. As you can see in the picture, the new device appears to have a deeper square camera on the back, which could suggest that Sony is following rivals like Huawei and Samsung with the introduction of a much longer optical zoom.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra now offers users an impressive 100x zoom, while Huawei’s P40 Pro includes a 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom.
It is not yet known what Sony might bring to the table, but it seems that this update could make previous Xperia phones look very dated.
Aside from the camera, it’s hard to tell what other changes will be made to this new device as things look very similar to last year’s.
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Qualcomm boasts that the 888 delivers up to a 25 percent increase in overall CPU performance and the largest performance leap in terms of GPU yet. It also promises 35 percent faster graphics rendering compared to the previous generation.
One last thing that remains unclear about the Xperia 1 III is how Sony will bring this device to market. The company always presents its new devices at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which historically takes place at the end of February.
However, with MWC being pushed back until June this year due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, Sony may have to find another type of reveal in 2021.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but expect more news about the next generation of Xperia phones soon.