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Snapdragon 855 could debut first in Sony's XZ4

Renders of the forthcoming Xperia XZ4 from Sony. (Source: @OnLeaks)
Renders of the forthcoming Xperia XZ4 from Sony. (Source: @OnLeaks)
Hot on the heels of the official launch of the Snapdragon 855 is a leak suggesting that the Sony Xperia XZ4 will be the first smartphone to ship with Qualcomm’s freshest silicon. If the rumor is accurate, it could be just what Sony needs to help lift the sales of its latest flagship.

It’s no secret that Sony’s smartphone division has been struggling to turn a profit for some time. To help address its slide, it has accelerated its flagship smartphone program with the launch of the Snapdragon 845-powered Xperia XZ2 range in April quickly followed by its successor, the Xperia XZ3 launching in early October. It too was powered by the Snapdragon 845, but had a more elegant design and featured the first OLED display on a Sony device.

Seemingly not content with its progress, a recent rumor surfaced indicating that the Xperia XZ4 will launch as soon as February with three rear cameras to coincide with Mobile World Congress 2019. Now, a fresh rumor has revealed further details about the device, including that it could be the first smartphone to ship with the all-new Snapdragon 855. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the device will also come with up to 256 GB of storage and a near Galaxy Note 9-equalling 3,900mAh battery.

The Xperia XZ4 is also set to pick up a taller 21:9 6.55-inch OLED panel made by LG, which with any luck, will be a good thing. An LG OLED display is fitted to the smaller Pixel 3 and, thankfully, users haven’t reported any issues with this panel unlike last year’s LG OLED-equipped Pixel 2 XL. It will also ship with Android 9 Pie out of the box, although Sony has stuck with a traditional Android navigational approach to the UI, instead of the newfangled swipe method incorporated into stock version of Google’s latest and greatest OS.


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-12- 5 (Update: 2018-12- 6)