Conjectured Sony Xperia 1 V release schedule flies in face of sage MKBHD words once again
The noted tipster ZACKBUKS, who frequently offers treats about upcoming Xperia smartphones, has been discussing the likely release schedule for the Sony Xperia 1 V. The Weibo poster reckons that Sony will pretty much emulate the procedure that was carried out for previous models in the Xperia 1 line, with a launch announcement made in May and availability (probably for China and Japan) starting in June. While no specific Xperia 1 V release date is given or guessed at, the tipster is happy enough to predict a May release and June availability.
This might not be music to the ears for Xperia fans in the US, UK, and some other markets, especially if they have previously waited for an Xperia 1 phone to become available. For reference, the Xperia 1 II device was released and made available in May 2020 in Japan but didn’t get to the UK until June and the US until July. A similar sluggish schedule was given to the Xperia 1 III: 1 June, 2021, in China; 19 August for the US and UK. Things got worse with the Sony Xperia 1 IV for buyers in the US, as it was available in China on 1 June, 2022 but only arrived on North American shores in September. A similar fate could befall the Sony Xperia 1 V, which might frustrate one of the lineup’s celebrity supporters.
In a video from October 2020, Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) offered up a glowing report of the Xperia 1 II but closer to the end of the clip (especially around 10 minutes in) he discussed the extraordinary release process that Sony labors its Xperia 1 phones with. As he states, the device was released in May of that year, and he didn’t get hold of one until October. Despite the phone having plenty of features worth merit, much of the hype around it had faded, and by the time it had arrived the Xperia 5 II was knocking on the door (although it didn’t get to the US until December). Perhaps Sony will make sure its admirers in the US and UK will be able to get their hands on the Xperia 1 V much quicker than its predecessors.