Sony's upcoming Xperia 3 flagship leaks in live pictures

Sony's upcoming Xperia 3 flagship leaks in live pictures
UPDATE: The device in the first image is in fact that Sony Xperia 1, not the upcoming Xperia 3.

Despite the fact that it continues to shrink its mobile business, Sony will still launch new smartphones in the coming months. The next major launch from the Japanese company is another flagship device, which is likely to be named Xperia 3.

The phone is supposed to pack powerful hardware, such as a Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G support. As expected, Sony will launch two versions of the Xperia 3, which are codenamed Kona and Huracan. The difference between the two is that one will feature 5G support, while the other won't.

The first pictures of the Xperia 3 have just popped up on the Chinese website CNMO. In one of the images, the phone's right side is shown revealing a fingerprint sensor. The other one shows the phone's display, but we didn't notice anything unusual.

Sony is expected to introduce the Xperia 3 in February 2020, but a launch might not happen until at least a month later. Sony's flagship won't be the only one powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor, a chipset that's expected to be officially released in December.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Xperia 3 will be “unique” enough to be able to compete with other flagships that will be released in the first half of 2020.

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20 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 738; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, anyone?

4. Omar.Read

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2019

my old hero boy

5. PRoChandra

Posts: 9; Member since: May 08, 2014

The original design is from Arc, but the proportions and other elements go more with Xperia T.

2. ThisIsCuVo

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2019

How is this nothing unusual when the back is freaking curved inside? Like they're bringing back the legendary Arc design and it IS a big deal xD

3. Feanor

Posts: 1417; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

So the answer by Sony to most current innovations and design trends like bezeless design and in-display fingerprint scanners is a throwback design from 2011? Do they even know their business anymore? My beloved XZ3 is really my last Sony phone. Next will be either OnePlus or iPhone.

6. AlienKiss

Posts: 260; Member since: May 21, 2019

I absolutely loved the monolithic OmniBalance design line of the older Sony flagships. This was the reason I bought Xperia Z and XZ Premium. But ever since they changed the design line and ditched the 3.5mm jack, I went for Samsung. Round phones look very cheap.

7. klon999

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 12, 2019

Similar here, my current XZ1 Dual is my last Sony phone (and I used them since like 2004). However, the design is not an issue for me. Even the fact that Sony is usually late with their releases (they release some specs, when other brands have already higher specs) and that their phones are too expensive do not bother me so much. The fact that they do not support their customers is what bothers me. It happened in the past and it happens again and again. My XZ1 came with Android 8 out of the box, got Android 9 and will never get Android 10. Why should I buy next expensive phone to serve me for only such limited time to its full potential? My next phone seems to be OnePlus (much better specs, slightly better price), or Xiaomi (slightly better specs, much better price). I had a looot of patience, now it's gone.

8. Feanor

Posts: 1417; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Well, the XZ1 was the first phone to come with Android 8, so despite the fact that it will not be updated to 10, Sony fulfilled their promise for two years updates, because by the time Android 10 was out, the phone was already two years old.

15. klon999

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 12, 2019

You are absolutely right with this. Still, even this explanation will not make XZ1 owners happy. Is there any similar example of any other brand's expensive flagship having just one major update during its whole life or is it just Sony? Furthermore, as I remember, in case of my past Z3 Dual the official statement of not having even newer Android (I guess it was 7) was that its CPU was not somehow compatible with that newer version. Later on some another brands' models with the same CPU still got this newer Android, not Z3. Moreover, Z3 was left with its buggy Android version, mainly pick-up incoming phone call was often not working (even after fixing firmware nor sending to service center), and that was quite bothering. Okay, maybe it was not that easy to be fixed nor to be updated. Again, this could be answered like Z3 got all promised updates. But why it was originally on the list planned to get Android 7, then deleted from there... And why it was all its life with buggy firmware with users waiting for final update to fix it, left just like that in the end... The fact is that they are losing more and more of their longtime customers every year and I mean flagship customers.

17. Noteasy

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2019

Again that kind of hits on there targets . It seems that Sony rather pushes it's customers to updated or upgrade a bit faster(seems that way). Apples after so many gens get given up on and other companies usually just send an andriod update which doesn't stop it's customers from upgrading . However most apps and functions can still be or have not upgraded since lollipop .As that just now being phased . Providing that even if you interested in the word flagship you still dealing with a Kitch type of merchandise . Sony again puts that up in the faces of it's mobile customers . Although they are not number one and I don't think they are really out for that they are wanting there brand to have the most dedicated following and this is where they kind of shine . As disasters with Note Batteries and Privacy issues flood the major players Sony has uh upgrade issues ? . When the typical market buyer is projected to purchase within two years any way. However again a lot of Sony's customers are kind of I've had mine for three year and so on .This is big news in the sense that it's finally A 5 G phone and like the andriod updates operating past some app necessary grade and levels there are still more areas without 5 G service than there are with .

18. Noteasy

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2019

Hey I did reply but forgot to use the reply button . It's below this statement but it basically says that most apps are ok for 7 or Loli pop and above andriod update are about a Kitch as getting a new I phone likewise with pixels and pictures on screen are above and beyond the naked eye so much that some are obstructive to view or seem too powdery for the human eye. They maybe technological feat but most of it is just working backward to get merch sold . In all mobile arenas.

19. Noteasy

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2019

It like saying if you looked at our sreen under a microscope you'd see the pixelation difference but I don't use a micro scope to look at my cellphone or much of anything else.

20. Noteasy

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2019

Sorry Nuogat.

9. Slammers

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2019

To its looks like it may be a fold version of it

10. Omarion07

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Another dated Sony phone.. yawn

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Sony? Who???

12. Noteasy

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2019

I don't think Sony is dropping its production of mobile merch but rather pacing . Apple relies on kitch, buying the newest model as any marketing department dreams and Samsung offers a wide variety for various budgets . Sony however is in that Goldielocks zone . Trying quite successfully to build quality and durability as most Sony Mobile users find it easy not to upgrade at the drop of a new product in a line but still offering enough variety for it's clients to do such they so chose . A 5G phone is just pretty much a necessity for the market and unlike being on the forefront it's probably just a matter of perfecting the first model before it's mass release .

13. Noteasy

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2019

I certainly can't give Sony any flack about android updates especially if the big two aforementioned are expecting there customers to just jump on there newest models every nine month or yearly .

14. armtin

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 13, 2019

Sony is far behind its competitors in the field of mobile, unlikely to know how much it will sell with the Xperia 3.

16. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Nevermind sony...

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