Sony has already launched two high-end phones this year, in the form of the Sony Xperia 1 III and the Sony Xperia 5 III, but an even higher-end phone could be about to land.
The company found that it will announce a new Xperia product on October 25 at 11 p.m. EDT. It’s 8 p.m. PDT, while for those in the UK it’s 4 a.m. on October 26 and 2 p.m. on October 26 in Australia (AEDT).
So it’s not the most convenient time for the US or UK, but that’s because this launch seems focused on Japan. Although the Japanese and US times are listed by Sony, which suggests that the device could land in both regions.
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But what device will it be? Well, the teasers don’t say so, but they do make it clear that it’s a product, and some images from a teaser shared on Weibo (a Chinese social network) look a bit like a camera lens.
Given that this is the Xperia division, we’re expecting a phone, but it could be a camera-focused phone, and that, coupled with the timing, suggests it could be the Sony Xperia 1 III Pro, or maybe the Sony Xperia Pro 2.
Sony (via AndroidNext) is rumored to be working on either a pro version of the Xperia 1 III or a follow-up to the Sony Xperia Pro, with rumors unclear on which, and the company having released new models in most of them. cases. of its recent phone lines, there are no other obvious options.
However, if it’s the latter, it probably won’t interest most people, as the Xperia Pro was a specialty device aimed primarily at videographers, and with a price tag of $ 2,500 (around £ 1,830 / AU $ 3,245). ), it was even more expensive than a foldable phone. Still, if you want the real best Sony handset in 2021, the Xperia 1 III Pro could end up being.
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Leaks suggest that the Sony Xperia 1 III Pro will have even more power than the standard Xperia 1 III, with a Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset and 16GB of RAM, which would be an improvement.
It may also have upgraded cameras if the leaks are to be believed – which would match one of the teasers we’ve seen – but with a design very similar to the Xperia 1 III. So based on that, it looks like a typical “Pro” or “Ultra” model – a phone that could rival the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Still, if it does eventually succeed the Sony Xperia Pro, it will likely also be equipped with things like a mini-HDMI port, to make it more useful for videographers. And as stated above, it would also likely have a very high price tag as well.
Chances are, instead of being a specialty phone, it’s just a higher-end version of the Xperia 1 III, in which case it might have more appeal. But given that Sony charges $ 1,299.99 / £ 1,199 (around AU $ 2,200) even for the standard Xperia 1 III, it’s likely the price to be prohibitive anyway.
Of course, we don’t know for sure that the Xperia 1 III Pro is what Sony will unveil on October 25, so it’s worth tipping in to find out – or just reading it all on TechRadar at a more sociable time.