Leaked: Sony is Releasing a New Generation of Xperia Smartphones - And They Have 3.5mm Audio Jacks
As MWC 2020 will no longer be happening, Sony had planned to reveal its new smartphone lineup via live stream instead - but it looks like even that had its thunder stolen by leaks published by Max Weinbach.
According to the leaked images and spec sheets, the new phones will be the next generation of the Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 - with an added 'II' suffix behind.
Mark has suggested that although they are styled as 'Xperia 1 II' and 'Xperia 10 II', they may be read aloud as the 'Xperia 1 Mark 2' and 'Xperia 10 Mark 2' instead.
Anyway, here comes the good news: both phone will contain a relic of the past - a 3.5mm audio jack! Nowadays, brands have increasingly dumped the audio jack in favour of transitioning to true wireless solutions, so it's nice to see that Sony still caters to old dinosaurs (like ahem, myself.)
If these leaks are true, the Xperia 1 II will pack a Snapdragon 865 chipset alongside 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For cameras, it will feature a triple 12MP back cam and an 8MP front cam, complemented by a 6.5" HDR OLED display. The phone will also contain a 4,000mAh fast-charging battery and come with sub-6 5G support.
On the other hand, the Xperia 10 II will be a lower-end model featuring a Snapdragon 665 chipset and only 4GB of RAM. It will still contain 128GB of storage but will only support 4G networks. Camera-wise, it still has an 8MP front cam, but the triple-cam array on the back will consist of a 12MP and two 8MP cameras instead. The OLED screen is slightly smaller at 6", as well as the battery, which is only 3,600mAh.
And true to the Xperia brand, both models will feature IP65/68 water resistance.
Overall, the leaks look pretty genuine, but it's best to wait until Sony officially unveils them before even considering them as your latest buy.