Sketchy Sony Xperia 1 V rumor offers relief and concern in regard to the future of two of the Xperia line's most-prized features
Another pinch-of-salt level rumor about the Sony Xperia 1 V has been shared by SumahoDigest, with the original source purportedly being a commenter on Weibo. It’s unclear whether this is opinion or leak, but the wording of the post suggests that the writer has some genuine knowledge of Sony’s plans with the Xperia range. Still, it is definitely a sketchy rumor, so Xperia fans shouldn’t start cheering or weeping just yet, as the information seemingly contains both good news and bad news.
The translated post begins with the affirmative comment that “the headphone jack on the flagship Xperia will never disappear”. Removing the beloved port would be a risky move for Sony, as it is one of the reasons why some people stay loyal to the expensive Xperia 1 line. The headphone jack is also visible in recently leaked Sony Xperia 1 V renders, so at least this much-wanted feature is set to stay. However, it appears the same cannot be said for the microSD card slot.
According to the leak, the “microSD card slot is likely to be disabled in the future”, although it is unclear whether this will be true for the upcoming Xperia 1 V or for a 2024/2025 Mark 1 Xperia phone. As pointed out by the article source, the leaked renders show the SIM card slot, but this does not confirm the presence of combined microSD functionality. Plenty of Android smartphones offer expandable storage support, but if Sony cuts it for the Xperia range it will be seen as a further blow to members of the loyal fanbase.
SumahoDigest (in Japanese)