Future Xperia Android devices to use OLED displays
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While other big names in the industry did not forget to come up with a few new handsets at CES 2017, it seems that Sony has decided to introduce new Xperia smartphones next month, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. At CES, Sony had on display various audio/video devices, including the Android TV-driven 4K HDR OLED TVs, Extra Bass wireless headphones and speakers, as well as new Compact Sound Bars.
While Sony has been busy with the Nougat updates for its existing handsets, a few new ones have been rumored to show up for a while now. However, it looks like the next generation will not make the move to OLED panels yet. According to Japanese website Nikkan, the introduction of this technology in the design of the Xperia lineup is expected to happen next year, and maybe as late as 2019.
For now, only Samsung, LG, and JDI are making OLED displays. If Sony does not set up its own OLED manufacturing facilities, the company should choose a partner to work with. In the meantime, while HTC and the others begin to drop the traditional 3.5 mm audio jack, Sony decides to keep it. Definitely a smart move for the time being, but its impact in the long run remains to be seen.