Next Sony flagship phone might feature 12GB of memory and the Snapdragon 865 SoC

Next Sony flagship phone might feature 12GB of memory and the Snapdragon 865 SoC
The Sony Xperia 3 (or perhaps the Xperia 1.1) is rumored to be the manufacturer's next flagship handset and could be unveiled during the IFA 2020 trade show in Barcelona next February. Thanks to a Geekbench benchmark test spotted by, we might have some information about the specs for the Xperia 1's successor. A phone known only as PM-1310 appeared on the Geekbench site powered by the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform. That is the 5nm Samsung-built Applications Processor that most flagship Android phones will have under the hood next year. And this device will be equipped with 12GB of memory. That is twice the amount found inside the Xperia 5.

On the face of it, the Geekbench listing doesn't show any obvious connection to Sony. However, the PM-1310 model number seen on the top of the Geekbench results dovetails with a PM-1310-BV reference found on Sony Mobile's server. It appears to be the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) ID of the handset. The Xperia 1 had an OEM ID of PM-122X-BV. There could be four different versions of the next Xperia flagship with one offering 5G connectivity

Sony expects to deliver only 3.5 million smartphones during the current fiscal year

Back in June, tipster Max J. said that Sony was working on a handset featuring six cameras on the back with another pair in front. Currently, the record for most rear-facing cameras on a phone belongs to the Nokia 9 PureView with five. There remains no word on how Sony would implement the six sensors.

The most recent flagship model released by Sony was the Xperia 5 that launched in October. The company took a step backward specs-wise from the Xperia 1 that was released in May with a 6.5-inch 4K P-OLED display. The newer model carries a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen with a 1080 x 2520 resolution. Both sport a tall and thin 21:9 aspect ratio, perfect for viewing cinematic content.

Sony has just been unable to get any traction in the smartphone industry. For example, the manufacturer originally expected to ship five million handsets for the fiscal year that ends on March 31st, 2020. But after a poor calendar second quarter, Sony cut its estimate by one million phones. And that was followed up with an even worse calendar third quarter that saw the company deliver only 600,000 handsets from July through September. As a result, Sony now believes that it will ship only 3.5 million handsets during the current fiscal year.

Sony has had global success with mobile technology before. Remember how popular the Walkman cassette and MP3 players were? You might say that they were the Apple iPods of their day. But the popularity of the Walkman line did not carry over to mobile phones and by 2000 it owned less than 1% of the global handset market. The company jumped into the modern touchscreen smartphone era in 2008 with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. Powered by Windows Mobile, the HTC built handset had a unique panel-type UI that might have developed into something interesting had Apple not introduced the App Store. The first Android model offered by Sony was 2010's Xperia X10.

The best year Sony ever enjoyed in the handset market was 2007 when it shipped 103.4 million phones. Last year, only 6.5 million units were delivered by Sony with the aforementioned 3.5 million expected in the current fiscal year. You might wonder why a company known for its digital imaging prowess can't produce a hot selling phone. In our review for the Xperia 5, we raved about the rear camera system but there is no indication that the phone sold tremendously well. Sony's problem might have been stated early last year by former Sony chairman Kaz Hirai. The executive said that Sony wasn't making phones to compete with leaders like Samsung and Apple, but to monitor what is going on in the communications industry until the next paradigm shift. That could explain why Sony doesn't appear to put its all into its smartphone offerings.

Related phones

Xperia 5 Plus
  • Display 6.6" 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB



1. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

If they keep going with that idiotic aspect ratio no thanks!

2. rkoforever90

Posts: 487; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

the galaxy s11 is said to have that aspect ratio

15. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

20:9 like A80. Useless ratio.

4. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Idiotic aspect ratio when one plus using 20:9 and no one bats an eye. Hypocrisy is on another level.

5. Feanor

Posts: 1432; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

20:9 is not as tall as 21:9 and OnePlus phones have no particular top and bottom bezels. With 21:9 accept ratio, plus top and bottom bezels the Sony phones look like remote controls. And in comparison to the size of the content in portrait orientation, the Sony phones are uncomfortably tall. So, yes, this aspect ratio is idiotic.

9. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Actually narrow phone is easier to hold. Ask former pocketnow resident reviewer juan bagnell. 20:9 is still a tall phone but people acting like its ok

14. AlienKiss

Posts: 322; Member since: May 21, 2019

Do you really think that Sony users will choose that wannabe replica brand over the real deal? The only phones that would make me choose them over a Sony high-end flagship are Samsung's Note and S line (plus version only). Looks like my next phone will be S11+ or this one from Sony. Nothing else! Quality before quantity!

22. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Xperia 1 has 16,7 cm. S11+ will have same 16,7 cm. :)

8. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Hypocrisy how exactly? The Sony phone is taller than the one plus phone and nobody is comparing it to a one plus phone but you. this is a Sony article so I commented my issues with some of their devices.

10. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Im saying in comparison. Its 20:9 and still tall and sony 21:9 is taller but easier to hold bcos its narrower. I hope its the same energy when samsung (rumor) release a 21:9 phone.

24. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Yeah if I don't like the height of the phone I'm not getting it no matter who makes it until I don't have a option left,.I'd much rather buy a sony phone than Samsung anyway so not sure where this suspected bias from you is coming from.

16. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Tell Hollywood to use 18:9 or 19:9 instead.


Posts: 479; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Not worth my attention if it comes with less than a 4000mah battery.

11. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Yet their battery utilization was way wayyy better vs competition. U can check PA battery test. Dont get me wrong i also like bigger battery but sony battery care is top notch.

17. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

One model has 4200, other 4500

6. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Xperia with 12 GB RAM would fly

7. tbreezy

Posts: 246; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

All phones fly with 12GB RAM.

12. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Not really. Look at samsung.

13. ijuanp03

Posts: 688; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Of course it will.

18. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Except samsung. Always slower than other androids. Only brand that gets slower after few months

19. inFla

Posts: 221; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Size it and release it as a compact model.

23. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Impossible to fit triple cam + tof inside a body as small as xz2 compact.

21. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

6GB = more than enough

25. NotSure

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 26, 2019

Do you get paid for the number of characters? Piled all in one pile. We started with the next smartphone, finished in 2007 and players from the time of the dinosaurs.

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