The Sony Xperia 2 has leaked entirely weeks before the Xperia 1's release



The Sony Xperia 1 was first announced back in February and is currently on track for a release next month. Sony, however, is already hard at work on the flagship’s successor, and thanks to Steve Hemmerstoffer we now know what the Xperia 2 will probably look like.

The Xperia 2 looks like a smaller Xperia 1 from the front


Like its yet-to-be-released predecessor, the Sony Xperia 2 looks set to make its debut later this year with an extra tall 21:9 display on board. This time around, though, the panel’s diagonal has reportedly been reduced from 6.5-inches to 6.1-inches, a move that should make the Xperia 2 (158 x 68.3 x 8.3 mm) significantly easier to hold than the Xperia 1 (167 x 72 x 8.2 mm). 

Nowadays, most flagship smartphones come equipped with either a large notch (iPhone XS), a small notch (Huawei P30 Pro), or a punch hole in one of the corners (Galaxy S10). Sony, however, will remain loyal to traditional bezels for yet another generation and has no apparent plans for changes. 

The Sony Xperia 2 has leaked entirely weeks before the Xperia 1's release

Taking a look at the Xperia 2’s aluminum frame, the top portion houses a microphone, while the bottom area includes a large speaker grill alongside a USB-C port and a second microphone. As for the sides, the right of the smartphone is home to an elongated volume rocker, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a power key, and a dedicated shutter button. The left of the flagship, on the other hand, appears to include a waterproof flap that presumably conceals the microSD and SIM card slots.

Sony's triple-camera setup makes a return


Although the front of the Xperia 2 presents relatively few changes, Sony has made a rather drastic modification to the rear. Specifically, the triple-camera setup that previously sat in the center of the panel has now been moved over to the top-left corner. 

It’s unclear at this point why the decision to rearrange the rear panel has been taken, but it could potentially have something to do with battery life. Last year, Samsung adopted a vertically-aligned camera setup on the Galaxy S9 series. However, this year it ditched the layout in favor of a horizontal one due to the fact that it allowed for a larger battery inside.
Obviously, Sony’s setup doesn’t match the layout seen on Samsung’s recent flagships, but it does now sit tucked away in a corner, meaning the Japanese company could easily fit a larger battery if it wanted to. 

The Sony Xperia 2 has leaked entirely weeks before the Xperia 1's release

Circling back to the cameras, Sony could be preparing some upgrades to the Xperia 2’s individual sensors. But in the most likely scenario, the flagship will simply borrow its cameras from the Xperia 1. The latter, for those of you that aren’t aware, sports three 12-megapixel sensors, one of which acts as a primary camera, another as a super-wide-angle alternative, and the third as a 2x optical zoom snapper. 

Sony Xperia 2 specs, price, and release date


The Sony Xperia 2, like other 2019 flagship smartphones, should ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 on the inside. Presumably, a minimum of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will be included, although Sony could choose to increase these to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in order to better compete with rival devices.

Consumers can also expect to find Android 9 Pie pre-installed along with support for 4G LTE. Sony is said to be working on its own 5G smartphones, but support for the next-gen networks is unlikely to make its way into this upcoming flagship.

Regarding the Xperia 2’s release date, Sony has a habit of announcing flagship devices at the annual IFA event in Berlin. If this happens, it’ll presumably precede a launch in early to mid-October, just like last year’s Xperia XZ3. It’s unclear at this point how Sony will choose to price the Xperia 2, but the Xperia 1 will retail for $999 in the US, so the company’s next-gen flagship may also retail at that price.

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18 Comments

1. mahima

Posts: 714; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

64gb...lol

3. User123456789

Posts: 375; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Xperia 1 has 64Gb for japanese carriers. The rest of units are all 128.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 6712; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wish Sony would sell more of their smartphones in Canada, but the only Carrier that sells them is Bell. Which is a big no in my books. Sony use to have stores in Canada, but alas Sony packed them all up. There is not one retail Sony store in the Toronto area. Come on Sony, if you want to sell, then you need a presence, period.

2. oldskool50

Posts: 454; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Why is it Sony makes such ugly phone. This is like what an ugly S10+ would look like. Samsung, Huawei and Oppo, seem to be the only OEM's who can make a big phone, look really nice.

4. User123456789

Posts: 375; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Cut screen is beautiful? S10 looks like has a nail through the screen.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1290; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'd say that the new beauty king is the OnePlus 7 Pro. There is nothing in this phone to criticize: no notch, punch hole, no visible fingerprint scanner, no ugly camera design...

9. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Making any kind of comparison of this hideous rectangle to the S10+ is an insult to the glorious S10+ Japanese engineering talent is even more lacking than Apple's

5. riteshrkm

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

what's wrong with this manufacturers. There is so much display gets cut in 19.5 19 aspect ratio. & here we have a 21. What this is TV remote?

6. Feanor

Posts: 1290; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Sony has always been for me the only brand to consider because of its mixture of good quality and tidy software, but I am running out of excuses. Already comparing to my XZ3 I lament the omission of curved display, thin side bezels and wireless charging on the Xperia 1, but this Xperia 2 offers what in comparison to the 1? A smaller screen diagonal? I was hoping for a return of the curved screen, or a fingerprint scanner under the display or thin bezels all around like virtually all competition meanwhile. Looks like Sony has really no money for development of new phones, but at this stage, either they have to get serious about being competitive or shut down business and stop bleeding money like crazy. Because the Xperia 1 and now the Xperia 2 -as it looks like- they won't be selling.

8. shiv179

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Meh!!

10. CEDEOTB

Posts: 340; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

The last Xperia flagship had a 3300mah battery and now this one is smaller...

11. POWesten

Posts: 1; Member since: May 14, 2019

I use Sony phone for years from W850i, P990i, Satio Idou, Xperia Ion and I'm using Xperia Z5 at the moment. The problem with Sony phones is some problem has never solved like Audio-jack problem I had this problem in 2013 with my Xperia ion and I have the same problem with my Z5. Another thing is, Sony doesn't follow the modern design. Such as Sony fan I'm waiting for some kind of screen like S10+ or G7+.

12. Nevita

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

Im glad that they don't use any kind of stupid notch or motorized cameras.

13. Cat97

Posts: 1718; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

They should just close the shop, really.

15. rsiders

Posts: 1858; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The Xperia 1 should be available already. There's really no excuse for such a late availability. Every other phone announced back in February has already sold hundreds and thousands of units. And OnePlus just announced their phone today which can be picked up this Friday. Sony needs to get their timing a whole lot better just like LG.

16. Krjal

Posts: 410; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

All the people I know who switched away from the Xperia series say it's because there's no headphone port any more. It's a real shame because I didn't hate the Sony phones. There's just no reason to buy them anymore. Maybe they should bring back the compact series with a 3.5mm port? At least they had a niche to fill.

18. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

well I am currently using the XZ and my wife the X... but I am considering switching away from Xperia due to several reasons, including the lack of headphone jack... The other reasons are, the removal of useful features from the past, such as: - mini apps - wired tv-out - bundled Screen Recorder - wireless DualShock support for old PS3 controller (they dropped the support in a software update and only allowed it while using a USB OTG cable - side fingerprint scanner integrated with power button - magnetic dock port for charging (it was a bad design, but they could have improved it) I used to love all of those features and one by one they have been removing them... so they leave me no choice to go to another brand that offers a better deal... I am considering upgrading to an S10e It is a shame because unlike the fragiles Z1C and Z3C I had, the XZ have been rock solid and it even survived a caseless drop from about 1.2 mts to concrete. So yeah... I'll get sad, but I will get over it too. Stubborn ass Sony.

17. notfair

Posts: 683; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

This is so funny. The X1 is not even selling yet (at least not everywhere in EU) and the X2 makes an appearance...

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