Every Sony Xperia flagship launched next year might support 5G

Every Sony Xperia flagship launched next year might support 5G
Sony has been saying 5G connectivity is key to revitalizing its Xperia smartphone business since early 2018 yet, oddly enough, the company has so far shied away from releasing a compatible device. But if a new rumor is anything to go by, this could all change next year. 

According to Japanese website Sumahoinfo (via Gizmochina), the recently introduced Xperia 5 is the final flagship from Sony with 4G LTE support. Moving forward, and starting with the Xperia 1’s successor that’s on track for a debut at MWC 2020 in February, all premium devices from the Tokyo-based company will ship with 5G modems.

Sony will presumably be looking to position itself as a viable alternative to the upcoming 5G devices from Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi. The company may also try to capitalize on Huawei’s misfortune if the US trade ban situation remains unchanged next year.

Despite Sony’s efforts to improve profitability by focusing on premium devices, the company is still expected to continue releasing a handful of mid-range and budget smartphones. In these cases, the brand will stick to 4G LTE for the time being although an eventual switch to 5G is inevitable.

As for the company’s focuses in the near future, successfully marketing the Xperia 5 and maximizing sales is likely at the top of the list. Sony expects to sell 4 million smartphones in its current fiscal year which ends in March, although this estimate has already been revised down from 5 million.

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12 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well, that should make the 7 people that buy Sony phones and live in a 5G capable area nice and happy.

2. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

At least people that buy Xperia, do it because they want to. Unlike many other brands that people end up buying because they cant afford iphone.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Oh absolutely. It would just be nice if that number of people was greater than 7.

5. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They sell more than Google and so beloved by tech sites OnePlus.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

They most certainly do not.

8. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They do ...

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Oneplus is in the top 5 of global premium smartphone sales. Sony is nowhere near.

11. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

The same can be said about Bugatti, Rolls-Royce or Bentley, yet people still buy them. At INSANE prices. Being no 1 doesn't matter that much if you have a constant interest in your products. Quality people will always buy Sony over cheap china replicas. Sorry to burst your bubble sugar tts..

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It certainly matters when sales continually trend downwards and you are in the red. There simply aren't enough "quality people" buying Sony devices.

10. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

Id take a Sony high-end flagship in a heartbeat over oneplus and other cheap china brands. My Sony Z C6603 is still alive and working flawless after 6 years of very intense use. Now I use an S8+, but I might switch back to Sony for my next phone. Sony has the best software optimizations, best battery optimizations, best update service right after Google, they brought more innovations than most brands combined and set up the standard to other brands. It's thanks to Sony we all use waterproofed phones now for example. When it first came out, everyone was saying it's a gimmick, now everyone's using it. The list goes on and on.. All china brands do is shamelessly copy/paste everything and fool you with glittery gradient backs, but low quality builds and even lower quality software. I did not say anything about the spying, the inability to unlock the bootloader in order to root the phone, service center quality. So yeah, I'd take a Sony over a whoawho replica or that op flagship wannabe in a heartbeat!

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 458; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I would love to own another Xperia phone. Will keep eye out for next year's edition

6. FlippyGoneMad

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 23, 2019

Would love nothing more then to see Sony make a comeback, my favourite all time device was the k750i. This whole ridiculously early 5g bandwagon is not the answer though.

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