19 November 2019
Sony's next-generation Xperia series flagship is now reported to come with the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and support for 5G network. The report is coming from a Japanese publication AndroPlus citing findings spotted on Sony's firmware distribution servers.
One of the codes on the firmware servers references Qualcomm SM8250 which is rumored to be the internal codename for the Snapdragon 865 chipset. There have been various rumors related to the upcoming flagship processor from Qualcomm. It is expected to arrive in two variants, one featuring integrated 5G modem and one as the standard 4G LTE only chipset.
The Snapdragon 865 is likely to be the first Qualcomm processor to feature an integrated 5G modem. We have already seen Samsung and Huawei release Exynos 980 and Kirin 990 respectively as processors with integrated 5G modem. Such chipsets help OEMs save precious space for adding other components or a bigger battery as they do not have to add a 5G modem separately.
It is unknown whether Sony will use the 5G modem variant or the non-5G variant or both of them. Sony had previously expressed its keen interest in 5G technology which means it is safe to assume that there will at least be a 5G variant on offer. As for the name, it is hard to guess considering Sony has been pretty random at naming its flagships. It released Xperia 1 as the main flagship at MWC 2019 and followed it with the Xperia 5 release as a compact flagship at IFA 2019. The only thing we can assume with surety is that the next-gen flagship should make an appearance at MWC 2020 in Barcelona.