Sony said to unveil a 4K Snapdragon 835 Xperia flagship phone at MWC, 4 more phones in the works

Sony is said to bring out the big guns at the world's biggest mobile tech show of the year, MWC 2017.

The big highlight of Sony's MWC announcements might be a new flagship phone with a 4K display and the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 835 system chip on board, according to information obtained by Georgian (the country, not the state) blog We can't vouch for the authenticity of the information, so take this with a grain of salt.

With this in mind, here are all the rumored Sony announcements. The company is rumored to unveil up to 5 new phones with the aforementioned flagship currently referred with its codename Sony 'Yoshino'. Here is a quick run-down of the specs highlight for this and the other rumored new Sony phones:

Sony Yoshino

The flagship phone is said to have a 5.5-inch 4K display (3840 x 2160 pixels), powered by the Snapdragon 835 system chip working along with either 4GB or 6GB of LPDRR4 RAM. On top of that, the phone is expected to come with the new Sony IMX400 image sensor that should deliver a noticeable improvement in image quality.

Sony BlancBright

Another upper-tier phone, the Sony BlancBright is also said to feature a 5.5-inch screen, but this one is said to have a more reasonable Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). Rumors say that it could be powered by either the Snapdragon 835 or the Snapdragon 653, along with 4GB of RAM. This phone is also said to have the new Sony IMX400 camera sensor.

Sony Keyaki (zelkova)

This here Sony Keyaki is said to be a mid-range device with a more compact, 5.2-inch diplay with a Full HD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels). The system chip used here will be a cheaper MediaTek Helio P20 with 4GB RAM, with the highlight feature being the inclusion of a plentiful 64GB of on-board storage. This handset is rumored to come equipped with a 23MP main camera, and a 16MP front camera.

Sony Hinoki (cypress)

Sony is also expected to show two affordable phones. The Sony Hinoki will be the first one, with 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixel) display, running on the MediaTek Helio P20 system chip with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It is also said to have a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8MP front camera.

Sony Mineo

The last phone on this rather big rumored phones list is a mysterious device codenamed Mineo. The only thing known about this rumored phone is its expected price of $350, putting it the mid-range territory.


If Sony does indeed reveal five new phones all at once at MWC 2017, this will certainly become one of the biggest events at the show. What we are not so certain about, though, is whether Sony can indeed ship a smartphone with a 4K display and the Snapdragon 835 system chip in meaningful qualities in the near future. We are certainly not fans of the idea of "announce a phone in February, ship it in July", but given recent reports that Samsung has hoarded Snapdragon 835 orders for months to come, we suspect that - if those rumors are indeed true - it will take a while for Sony to ship its futuristic flagship.



1. tallius

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

If this is true, I'll finally buy my first Sony phone. But I was hoping song would try to go for the bezel less design and get a 5.7 inch display instead of 5.5. But I'm not complaining at all if does in fact have these specs.

6. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

It's not true. The georgian guy is just Posting bullsh#t from random Chinese Forums. It's just speculations ans wish specs from Users.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sony was the first to already make a 4k smartphone called the Z5 premium. It's using a SD 810 SoC and now has Android 7 nougat. This would also mean that this would be the first 4k Daydream VR compatible device.

25. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This is more of a half-truth. It was marketed as the first 4K smartphone, but was only displaying 4K content part of the time. Most of the time, the phone was in a lower resolution.

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It lauched with lollipop (September 2015), which did not have native support for 4k displays. Cardboard and a number of other things did not support 4k. However when Marshmallow arrived 6.0.1, then developers could write apps that would use, and take advantage of the Z5's native 4k display.

35. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

It's completely true. The phone has a 4k screen that the content isn't always in 4k doesn't change that fact. It shows all the pixels all the time. What you're saying is like you buying a 4k tv isn't true as the content you're watching is just 1080p.

36. Amidamaru212

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Of course, but when you get a 4K content, you can view it in the phone. I don't see any reason in displaying 4K Android icons or just the UI, would be waste of battery. Samsung also gave users with G7 to change their native resolution, manually, meanwhile Sony does it automatically...

33. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

More boring small screen big bezel stuff. Last cool sony phone was satio.

31. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'm in for a Sony this year IF that 4K phone runs 2K on normal operations! Cheers!

2. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Launching at MWC? bringing us to the ultimate question. Will the G6 be launched with the SD 835 after all? or will Sony just announce the phone but release it some 4 months later (in typical fashion) when the SD 835 must have been ready? Hmm, so many questions indeed. 2017 is really shaping up to be one of the most exciting years in mobile history. My body is ready *in mxy's voice*

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Why 5.5 Sony??! That's too big there should be a 5.2" inch version!

16. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Maybe there will be a Compact version of the phone as they usually do though 4.7" would be better than 4.5"

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's 4.6" for their compact smartphones, so .1" is like who cares. The other thing above with the 5.5" display and a 4k display, to make it smaller. No way is smaller needed with a 4k display. However I could see a 5.7" or larger display, especially if it's used with VR. The larger the display then the larger FOV can be obtained.

21. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2356; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Are you really going to get upset over .3 inches? It could be that part of that .3 inches is just given for where the bezel used to be and now no longer is.

4. Frogger

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

High end compact phone, available globally, audio DAC,water resistant, no heating problems,big battery. The market lacks in this segment.

5. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Why do you even post such Informationen? The soucre is just some random georgian site with Zero to none Credits. They get their News from random Chinese Sony Xperia Forums where rumors about future devices are posted on a daily Basis. Please stop this click Bait sh#t.

7. dazed1

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Sony? LOL...

8. fyah_king unregistered

I need the xa ultra replacement but with a better cpu.

28. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I need a Sony with a great manual camera mode

9. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I like sony, but this i dont belive for 1 second

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No Xperia Z Ultra 2 with OLED 4K display ? Shame.

11. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

BlancBright with SD835 would be insane!!! Could "Yoshino" (white cherry tree) or "Blancbright" have anyhting to do with the display panel (super high brightness; HDR10 support or even full 10-bit colour!)?

12. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I used Sony Xperia X for a while, then I decided to get Xperia XZ, Sony really doing very well in smartphone business. After trying so many brands I believe Sony is the best. in the same time I don't believe a 5.5 inch screen is a good choice, I wish that they will keep a 5.2 or 5 inch flagship screen size.

17. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I agree. Tried xz for a week and it's a really good phone. The only thing I hate is the large top bezels, the pointy edge keeps poking when it's in my pocket.

13. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Mineo sounds like "mini, yo!" If it's an upgraded X Compact with sd835 I might dig it.

14. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

5.7 OLED with small bezels, with front facing speakers, waterproof, universal remote and sd support. Is that too much to ask for?

18. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015


23. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Then go for the G6..

15. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

If the bezels are small unlike most Sony phones, & FINALLY a change in design this might make me return to Sony for the fist time in 4 years.

22. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Snapdragon 835??and at mobile world is that possible if they said that samsung will use all the sd835 avaliable??

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