Every Sony Xperia flagship launched next year might support 5G
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.