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Xperia Alpha tipped to launch with Android 12 next week as Sony starts camera-centred teasers

Sony is building its next Xperia smartphone up to be another flagship. (Image source: Sony)
Sony is building its next Xperia smartphone up to be another flagship. (Image source: Sony)
According to reports, Sony's next smartphone will be the Xperia Alpha. Reputedly launching with Android 12, Sony is already hinting that the device will be a camera tour-de-force.
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While Apple and Google have captured attention this week with their hardware announcements, Sony has something up its sleeve before the end of the month. As we reported last week, Sony confirmed that it would be announcing a new Xperia product on October 26, or October 25 if you live in the US.

Initially, the company provided no additional hints about what it would be unveiling next week. However, it has now published a teaser video, embedded below. The video below centres on the camera capabilities of the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III, rather than their performance or battery life. Hence, we can infer that Sony's next Xperia product will be another flagship, and one that it will market on the strength of its cameras.

Based on previous rumours, it seems that an Xperia PRO successor is the most likely candidate for next week's candidate. Believed to be called the Xperia 1 III Pro, the device is expected to blend the Xperia 1 III and the Xperia PRO, an Xperia 1 II with a micro HDMI port and a more industrial design.

According to Nodar Sikharulidze, the handset will launch with Android 12, following the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro's release. Additionally, Sikharulidze claims that Sony has settled on the name Xperia Alpha, rather than Xperia 1 III Pro. Unfortunately, we cannot verify Sikharulidze's rumour, but he has a reasonable track record when it comes to Sony Xperia leaks.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-21 (Update: 2021-10-21)