Sony's allegedly planning four 2020 flagships, including Xperia 0 and Xperia 1.1

Sony's allegedly planning four 2020 flagships, including Xperia 0 and Xperia 1.1
Sony has been downsizing its smartphone business over the past few years to improve profitability. There’s still a lot that needs to be done but it seems Sony’s ready to start expanding its mobile business once again.

The Sony Xperia 0 and Xperia 1.1 will lead the way

Sony is allegedly planning to release (via GSMArena) four flagship smartphones in 2020, all of which will apparently support 5G networks as standard, and between 3 and 5 cheaper devices. The first is expected to be called the Xperia 1.1 and should replace this year’s Xperia 1. Little is known about it at this stage but rumors suggest it’ll feature four cameras on the back, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, a 4K display, and debut in late February at MWC 2020 as the brand’s global flagship.

This product will be joined by the Xperia 3 soon after. Per today’s rumor, the flagship will act as a spiritual successor to the Xperia XZ2 Compact and could pair a triple-camera setup with a Quad-HD+ display. Unfortunately, this particular model might be introduced as an exclusive to Japan due to the lack of interest globally for such a small phone. 

As we enter the second half of 2020, it’s suggested Sony will start preparing for two other flagships. Specifically, the quad-camera Xperia 5.1 to replace this year’s Xperia 5 and an all-new ultra-premium flagship dubbed the Xperia 0. This new device is reportedly the official name of the flagship with six rear cameras that Sony is developing. 

If that’s the case, consumers can expect to find a 0.5-megapixel Time-of-Flight sensor paired with unspecified 20-megapixel, 48-megapixel, 16-megapixel, 8-megapixel, and 12-megapixel cameras. Additionally, the front of the smartphone reportedly features a 10-megapixel selfie camera and a 0.3-megapixel sensor. Like the other flagships mentioned above, the Xperia 0 should be powered by the Snapdragon 865. It’ll probably be paired with a minimum of 256GB and 12GB of RAM, Android 10, and hopefully a pretty large battery.

The Xperia 9.1 and Xperia 10.1 will act as Sony's mid-range phones

To avoid any confusion with next year’s mid-range smartphones, Sony is said to be planning a little update to its branding. Specifically, the Xperia 10’s successor will be released as the Xperia 10.1 as expected, but the replacement for the Xperia 10 Plus will be known as the Xperia 9.1 rather than Xperia 10.1 Plus. 

These phones, which are expected to go official at MWC 2020, may make use of Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 735. This chipset is also expected to power the Nokia 8.2 and would represent a substantial performance jump over the Snapdragon 630 and 636 that are featured inside the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus respectively. Like the company’s premium flagships, both the Xperia 9.1 and Xperia 10.1 reportedly include 5G support as standard. It’s unclear, however, how many cameras Sony has planned for each model.

Also on the way next year is the Xperia 8.1 which, as its name suggests, will replace the recently announced Xperia 8. Once again, Japan exclusivity is expected although this time 5G will be included. 

Sony's low-end lineup will include the Xperia L4 and Xperia 100

Sony’s 2020 lineup of smartphones looks set to be completed by two low-end offerings. The first should be marketed as the Xperia L4 and will succeed this year’s Xperia L3. It’s unclear what sort of specifications the phone will bring to the table but recent rumors indicate it’ll be Sony’s only 4G smartphone in 2020.

The other device reportedly in the works is the Xperia 100, a replacement for the Japan-only Xperia Ace. The compact phone will once again be exclusive to Sony’s home market but should support 5G networks this time around.



1. User123456789

Posts: 1358; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Wide RGB, wide mono, ultra wide, zoom , periscope and tof. Also almighty 5040 x 2160 5K HDR BT2020 oled.

2. TypicalGeek

Posts: 220; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Who would have thought. Xperia Zero, damn, I like the name.

4. shortkey

Posts: 57; Member since: May 19, 2017

"the lack of interest globally for such a small phone" BULL CRAP Where did you get this false news? How can you measure interest in small phones when there are NO SMALL PHONES to buy -> express interest? And no, five inches is not small nor compact. For small and compact, think four inches and less.

5. TadTrickle

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Nbc is reporting legere will step down next year. Wtf

6. CDexterWard

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I hope in 2021 they start using negative numbers or fractions in the phone names. Sony - do you know how messed up your naming schemes are?

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2678; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What I don't get is how Sony is terrible at *everything* when it comes to their own mobile devices. They make terrible phones, put them at terrible prices, give them terrible camera software, have terrible naming, use terrible marketing... Yet they continue to make more and more devices, despite terrible sales. It's almost astounding how bad they are at this.

8. User123456789

Posts: 1358; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Better than iphone clones that come from China.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2678; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Which device(s) do you mean though? There's quite a few Chinese devices that aren't readily available in North America, for example.

10. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Sony design are some of the best but it's what inside that has been a big disappointment . Lack of features and or specifications along with ridiculous pricing are some of the reasons why Sony will continue to struggle in the mobile phone business.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless