01 March 2019
If one has to talk about the focus of this year's MWC event in Barcelona, it will be foldable devices and 5G. The latter saw more interest from device makers as well as carriers. We saw the likes of OnePlus, HTC, ZTE, LG, Huawei, Intel, and Qualcomm making some kind of announcement regarding their venture in 5G connectivity space. And now, it is being reported that even Sony showcased a 5G phone prototype.
The report is coming from Pocket-lint which mentions about spotting a Sony 5G phone prototype. It mentions that the prototype was spotted on both Sony and Qualcomm's stand at MWC 2019. It was said to be covered in a casing at both stands but was seen with different content. Sony's stand had it with a speed test application on and Qualcomm's stand had it with a video playing in a loop.
There were no details visible regarding the prototype except that it was confirmed to be running Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. This makes perfect sense considering that Sony's track record of using Snapdragon chipset, at least for its premium phones. It further means that the prototype must be featuring Snapdragon X50 5G modem meant for offering 5G network connectivity.
The team did get to talk to Adam Marsh, a Sony team member. He told that the 5G device is being referred to as AG-1 internally and is currently far from being a commercial product. He said that the team is testing different versions of the prototype for testing user experiences and network capabilities. He further said that the team is "trying to understand [what would happen] if you take an antenna away from a certain place and make it thinner, [and] what the consequence of network connectivity [would be].
The exact launch date or even an announcement timeline regarding Sony 5G phone is unknown at the moment. But the best guess is that some information could be shared at IFA 2019 in Berlin.