24 February 2020
Sony was originally planning to announce new smartphones at MWC 2020 but the event was canceled due to Coronoavirus concerns. It will now be launching these devices at some separate event and while we do not have any official information about these phones, there are a couple of new leaks. Two of the upcoming phones are said to be Sony Xperia 1.1 and Xperia 9.
As reported by GSMArena, Sony Xperia 1.1 will have a camera set up same as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. It means there will be support for 8K HDR video recording which will make it only the second smartphone lineup to offer such a high-resolution video recording. The only difference is that Samsung's flagships do not offer HDR video shooting capability.
The exact camera sensors are expected to include a 64-megapixel hybrid zoom sensor, a 12-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, and ToF 3D sensor. The most interesting bit of information is that these sensors are claimed to be produced by Samsung instead of Sony.
There is another leak that shows a smartphone render claimed to be that of the Xperia 9. The alleged render shows the phone with slim side-bezels but a significantly bigger top bezel. The back panel features a triple camera setup and Sony branding. There is no fingerprint scanner suggesting it could be a side-mounted one. But we would suggest you take these leaks, especially the render, with a pinch of salt for the time being.