Sony's next compact Xperia smartphone revealed with a 140 mm height and a 5.5-inch screen
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Sony has not released a Compact-branded smartphone since 2018, but OnLeaks (Steve Hemmerstoffer) claims that the Japanese company has a new compact smartphone planned for 2021. By contrast, while the heights of the Xperia 5 II, Xperia 10 II and Xperia L4 are all within 2 mm of each other, they are over 20 mm taller than the Xperia XZ2 Compact and almost 30 mm taller than the Xperia XZ1 Compact.
The design of the device that OnLeaks has presented suggests that it will be closer to the price of the Xperia L series than Sony's other Xperia smartphones. OnLeaks has already revealed the Xperia 10 III design, but the notch and thick bottom bezel imply that Sony's next compact smartphone will be a budget device. These CAD renders resemble a shrunken Xperia L4, a device that Sony released last year. Incidentally, Sony has already abandoned the Xperia L4 on Android 9.0 Pie.
Nonetheless, OnLeaks expects this compact Xperia smartphone to measure 140 x 68.9 x 8.9 mm, dimensions within which Sony has reputedly included a 5.5-inch display. The device will also have an 8 MP front-facing camera and a 13 MP primary rear-facing camera, along with a mystery third camera sensor. Based on the specifications of the Xperia L4, we imagine that Sony will equip the device with an ultra-wide-angle camera, too. Additionally, the compact handset will have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint scanner integrated within its power button.
There is no word yet on when Sony plans to release this handset beyond a broad 'in 2021'. Similarly, it is unclear if Sony will sell this device globally or only in Japan as it did with the Xperia Ace.