We're merely two days into 2019, and we're already witnessing some strong applications from some of the top Android vendors around. Sony seems to be prepping a serious heavy-hitter for 2019 in the face of a Sony Xperia XZ4, which might have just popped on the AnTuTu benchmarking database, hinting at an out-worldly performance under the hood.
What makes us think that the I8134 is an Xperia flagship though? Easy, Sony's devices usually follow a rather logical and straightforward model number scheme: Sony's most recent flagship phone, the Xperia XZ3 carried the H8416 model designation, while its previous one, the XZ Premium, was called the G8141; earlier in 2016 Sony had the Xperia XZ, which had the F8331/F8332 model number, and so on... Notice the alphabetical pattern? Following the alphabetical order of Sony's codename nomenclature, it would make sense to assume that the next Xperia flagship could be roll under the I8134 moniker.
Sony Xperia XZ4, is that you?
Thinking about the hardware that would make the Sony phone going so hard at AnTuTu's benchmarking tool, it is easy to deduce that the Japanese giant is most likely toying with the Snapdragon 855 and testing how well it would run in concert with the rest of the hardware.
The yet unofficial device, which is carrying the I8134 model number, has achieved nearly 400,000 points in AnTuTu's raw benchmarking test, making it one of the most powerful Android devices tested with the tool. Scratch that, if it weren't for the iPad Pro 11 and 12.9-inch models, the I8134 would have even easily snatched the first spot in AnTuTu's top chart. Interestingly, previously-leaked benchmarks of the Snapdragon 855-powered Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup suggested it should hit around 360,000 points. Have in mind that you won't be able to see the device entry in the official AnTuTu chart as it hasn't been updated in a while, meaning we'll have to judge this leak solely by the screenshot provided above.
As an yardstick, the current record holder in AnTuTu's Android top chart is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, squeezing out 305,437 points, whereas the iOS space is dominated by the newest iPads, as we briefly mentioned above. Of course, synthetic benchmarks are not always indicative of real-life performance, but you wouldn't find us complaining about the extra "oomph" Sony could have potentially squeezed out of Qualcomm's hot new chipset.
Sony Xperia XZ4 design mockup
Speaking of the overall hardware setup and design of the Xperia XZ4, we seem to have a very good understanding of what Sony's prepping. Aside from the Snapdragojn 855, the phone will likely carry a 3,900mAh battery and some 6GB of RAM on deck. A very tall 6.5-inch display with a previously-unseen 21:9 aspect ratio would be the main highlight of the phone due, and have in mind there might be neither a notch nor a hole in the display of this one. So old school, we know! There'd also likely be at least two cameras at the back with three being a very probable expectation right now. Design-wise, the phone would seem to sport very thin bezels, though the lack of symmetry between the top and the bottom ones could really ruff some feathers.
The Sony Xperia XZ4 will likely be announced at the upcoming MWC '19 trade show in Barcelona in late February. It's a trade show that Sony loves and Xperia device announcements have followed a clockwork pattern in sync with all recent MWC expos.
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