The Sony Xperia 1R could launch as the world's first 5K phone

The Sony Xperia 1R could launch as the world's first 5K phone
Sony announced the Xperia Z5 Premium in September 2015 as the world’s first 4K smartphone. It followed the achievement up with the Xperia 1 this February which debuted with the world’s first 4K HDR OLED display. Now, reports suggest Sony could be preparing the world’s first phone with a 5K panel.

An incredibly high pixel density of 899ppi


As indicated by a new user agent profile (via 91Mobiles), an upcoming Sony smartphone with the model number J8220 sports a 21:9 display with a massive 5K (5040 x 2160p) resolution. The current-gen Xperia 1, for comparison, boasts a 4K (3080 x 1664) front panel that ultimately offers 70% less total pixels.

The device in question appears to be the Xperia 2 which was rendered months ago. But according to leaked information, it won’t be sold under that name. Sony plans to market the phone as an upgraded, more compact version of the Xperia 1 dubbed the Xperia 1R. The latter will reportedly use a slightly smaller 6.1-inch display rather than the 6.5-inch panel featured on the current model. This, combined with the higher resolution, means Sony’s Xperia 1R should offer an incredible pixel density of 899 pixels-per-inch. For reference, the Xperia 1 offers a density of 643ppi and even HTC’s Vive Pro VR headset only offers 615ppi.

The Sony Xperia 1R’s display could very easily be considered overkill if the company’s simply aiming to achieve a more impressive spec sheet. But with VR continuing to grow and Sony itself being very invested in the market through its PlayStation brand, it’s certainly possible the company has some VR-focused gaming implementations up its sleeves to help justify the higher resolution.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 Plus could make the cut


Despite having potentially one of the best smartphone display around, Sony needs to fit its Xperia 1R with a high-end processor to make it truly worthy of the ‘flagship’ title. The standard Xperia 1 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 which makes it the most logical choice for its follow up. However, if Sony’s next smartphone does include some VR-focused features, perhaps the Snapdragon 855 Plus will be chosen instead.

Qualcomm’s latest chip was announced earlier this week and will be first used inside the Asus ROG Phone 2. It promises to “raise gaming to the next level” with the help of a 15% increase in Adreno 640 GPU performance and a slight clock speed bump from 2.84GHz to 2.96GHz. As standard, the chip is coupled with a 4G LTE modem, but if manufacturers wish to do so, a separate 5G modem can be added.

Paired with the processor should be a minimum of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, although an upgrade to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage certainly wouldn’t be surprising. Curiously, previous leaks have pointed towards the presence of a tiny 3,200mAh battery inside the Xperia 1R. This is far from confirmed yet but it would certainly be disappointing considering the poor battery life results it’ll likely create as a result of the high-resolution display.

Sony Xperia 1R announcement and release date 


The Sony Xperia 1R is expected to go official in early September at IFA 2019 in Berlin. If the company’s previous releases are anything to go by, Xperia 1R pre-orders are unlikely to kick off until the end of the month before a release in early October.

Sony could surprise everybody by shortening the time between announcement and release in a bid to beat Apple’s iPhone 11 series to market and attempt to steal some of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 sales. But considering the Japanese brand appears to have been carving out its niche in the market, this is unlikely to happen.

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27 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1205; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Dont worry, in the review the reviewer will say he could not see difference compared to HD of 11r. LOL

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1268; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Yep, the 11r will have a better display than the 5k one.

4. User123456789

Posts: 1205; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Xperia 1 using Creator Mode has Delta 0.8 RGB /1.2 grayscale ..... better than xs max Difference is Sony does not use reddish oled. Check the battery test video from Tech Magnet .... Look at iphone screen when displaying white.

5. QuantumRazer

Posts: 176; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Xperia 1 has more colour accurate display than iPhone XS? OK.. Source please?

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It's called quit being lazy and use the internet to look it up

22. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

It is i have seen some reviews with snapshot of the calibration, is better than S10+

11. DolmioMan

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

You cannot trust colours in videos because it will always adjust white balance for one of the phone displays, look at the display in person and you’ll see that it’s not “reddish”.

15. User123456789

Posts: 1205; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Iphone and one plus (both samsung oled) were the ones with the red. None of the other (LG or Boe oled) showed red hue. What a coincidence that Samsung calls the tech Red Oled since S8.

17. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

They shouldn't name it Xperia 1R it sounds like a cheaper version

21. Sp12er

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

It's just a "prototype name it's said it'd be changed when it comes into the market, prob to Xperia 2 or something else.

6. QuantumRazer

Posts: 176; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

But surely people won't be able to find a significant difference between WQHD+ resolution and 5K resolution on such a small display. When will Sony learn that simply bumping up the number of display pixels won't make the user experience a whole lot better, but have tremendously negative effect to the battery life?

10. User123456789

Posts: 1205; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Many users say they get more than 6h SoT.

20. Sp12er

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

They usually put the phone on QHD when it's on idle/normal use, like what they do for the Premiums and Xperia 1. Those models usually have average to good SOT.

27. AlienKiss

Posts: 280; Member since: May 21, 2019

Xperia 1 is always on 4K, there's no automatic switching between resolutions. Or at least that's what I've been reading on the internet. The Premiums do switch them. BUT, you can always change the resolution of any android phone without root. Just enable USB debugging on your phone and install adb on your pc and type this in the terminal : adb shell wm size (this will show you the current resolution and the default one) To change the resolution type : adb shell wm size 1080x2960 (your choice) To check the DPI density, type : adb shell wm density To change it: adb shell wm density 222 There you go! You've learned something today! PS The high resolution display is mainly made for VR which needs a very good DPI density. Otherwise you would be seeing the quality of the '90s.

23. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

Its not the number what matters, they want to break the barrier of resolution, if the display has enough density can give a incredible depth and realism. That's the point according to a recent study of NHK, we won't be able to distinguish what is real and what not.

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Hopefully it will have a bigger battery and wireless charging.

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I'd rather them ditch wireless charging and use that space just for a bigger battery

13. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's Sony that we are talking about, so no, they won't. I know their software optimization is better than almost everyone, but it'll take them another few years to adopt a 4000 mah battery.

14. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Sony is Obsessed with resolution lately. They just dropped a 61mp A7R IV and now this.

16. User123456789

Posts: 1205; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They also make the 100MP used by medium format cameras.

19. Sp12er

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

For pro/enthusiast camera it makes sense to go higher, there's many use for high res camera, it's also a method to future proof your gear. (8K screen is like 32mpix)

18. Sp12er

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Hahah, finally Sony went and up the XZ premium's PPI, it's been 2 years now I knew they'd do it. I do agree with people, Sony need to create a good VR headset for it to make sense. I've used my XZ premium with a "good enough" Xiaomi VR gear and my god when connection is good and I can toggle that 4K option on YT, man It IS Crisp. It's just the lens on the VR gear now that's holding it back. We need someone who can make good wide angle lens...

25. romeo1

Posts: 824; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Almost 4 years even. Z5 premium was the 1st 4k screen and the xz premium was the 1st 4k hdr screen if I'm not mistaken

24. WarVic

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 19, 2019

Who really needs 5k screen on the dinky phone after all? The only point to make it is "because we can"! I'd rather prefer 2.5k screen with better than anyone else camera with true Alpha quality.

26. CEDEOTB

Posts: 467; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

3200mah battery?! LOL go home Sony

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