Sony Xperia Z5 Premium successor could be showcased behind closed doors at MWC 2017

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium successor could be showcased behind closed doors at MWC 2017
We're pretty sure many Sony fans can't wait for the company's MWC 2017 announcements, which are set to go live on February 27. However, the Japanese company might not bring any flagship smartphones at the trade fair.

The so-called Sony Yoshino that leaked recently is said to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and a stunning 4k display. If Sony introduces the flagship later this month, it might not be able to put it on sale until after the Galaxy S8 hits the shelves in late April.

In order to avoid that, Sony is now rumored to have delayed the announcement of its Xperia flagship (or at least that of a Xperia Z5 Premium successor equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 CPU) for a later date. Even so, the device will still be present at MWC 2017, but it will only be showcased behind closed doors.

Instead, Sony will unveil at least four other Xperia mid-range Android smartphones, which are only known by their codenames: BlancBright, Keyaki, Hinoki and Mineo.

The latest rumor concerning a Sony Xperia Z5 Premium successor certainly comes in line with the recent reports claiming the Snapdragon 835 chipset won't be commercially widely available until after the end of April. That if Sony wants this CPU inside its flagship, of course.

source: @Ricciolo



1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Wish it got a Walkman with a high end audio capabilities, improve their image processing algorithm, and access to PSN store and play Playstation games. This would be a dream phone.

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Xperia phones have been supporting hi-res audio for as long as I remember..

7. KParks23

Posts: 736; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Get the thing on VZW and put a decent battery so I can actually buy 1

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I hope that they are going to use the display for VR and develop some games etc. for it themselves. That would put this one on top of all the other flagships. Oh, and if true: it's a shame that Qualcomm and Samsung are limiting the SD835 for the S8 only for a while, leaving no chance for other companies like LG with their G6. Very anti-competitive from QC.

9. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I believe Sony's once said they wont be doing mobile VR anytime soon. That's kinda sad tbh, but it would prevent them from bleeding red ink because it wont be able to compete with the likes of Samsungs and others'.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7596; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not true. As a matter of fact the Z5 premium ever since Android 6.0.1 officially supports 4k apps, including 4k Cardboard apps. Also if Sony creates their next phone with the following: 1) SD 820 or higher 2) built in and very fast IMU 3) Android 7 with Vulkan graphics support. Then there is nothing stopping this device from being a Daydream VR compatible device.

12. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I'm talking about a specified goggle device from Sony like the way Samsung made their Gear VRs, not Sony excluding Daydream or other VR platform on the phone.

16. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

while I think VR is cool and I look forward to getting a device with such capabilities, Mobile VR is not something that will go mainstream, so I wouldn't prevent Sony from bleeding red ink... Now a good implementation of VR in PS is another thing... However I think the future is still convergence and after getting my Surface Book, I firmly believe that hardware should converge to the most versatile form factor....

15. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Why do VR halfheartedly on mobile which ends up as a gimmick when they have PSVR in the first place which offers true VR experience and not to mention, already on sale and taking the majority of VR market share? :) and yes, that being said, 4K on smartphone is just for bragging right, nothing else.

4. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I just wish Sony would have a standard naming convention. Isn't the XZ the Z5's successor? For (2017), their lineup could be this: XA (2017) lower midrange XA Ultra (2017) big screen midrange X (2017) upper midrange XZ compact small flagship XZ (2017) standard flagship XZ premium large flagship

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Dont forget X Performance

17. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

To be honest, I never really understood the point of having the X Performance, since it shares almost the same specs as the "flagship" XZ. Let's say we have the X Performance 2017, with almost the same price point upon release as the XZ 2017, knowing that the XZ 2017 will be slightly upgraded, unless the X Performance 2017 will be using a lower chipset :/

6. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

My 2 cents worth of gut feeling is telling me the XZ will likely be an alternate lineup. Probably something along the lines where the X will be their standard flagship models while the XZ will be their lineup where they throw in gimmicky features and stuff like that. On the Assumption that leaked video of the GA3121 is the upcoming flagship. Noticed it doesn't come with the Triple imaging sensor technology that was so heavily marketed for the XZ? Leaked GA3121 Video:

8. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Sony is always so late in the market, Samsung & Apple would kill it before Sony having their phones on the market. Poor strategies & marketing, aka fail.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7596; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

WTF are you talking about? Apple has been late for years.

13. MroziQ

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

I'm reviewer and I own website about smartphones in my country. Yesterday I asked Sony to send me an Xperia XZ sample unit but they answered that I will be possible just after MWC (?!). Maybe they will show just XZ :P XZ is here in regullar sale

14. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Let me guess, 3 gigs of RAM like the last 5 years?

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