As is tradition, Sony will be holding an event ahead of this year's IFA, at which it will be unveiling its fall lineup of smartphones. And this isn't just speculation on our part — the company has already announced its keynote time and place more than two months ahead.
However, according to a new rumor we'll be seeing the XZ1 Compact fairly soon — following its alleged August 31 unveiling, the device is set to hit the shelves "within 10 days." So if this is true, we should be expecting the device no later than September 10.
This would be a pretty major reversal for Sony, a company often (rightly so) accused of killing hype about its devices by announcing them way too early. Case in point: this year's Xperia XZ Premium was announced all the way back in February at the 2017 Mobile World Congress, but its actual release date was in June, more than three months later.
The rumor originates in a post (seen above) on the Esato forums — usually this would be a pretty questionable source, but this particular board has consistently proven itself as a reliable source. So while, as usual, we advise to take this info with a grain of salt, it has a slightly better than average chance of being true.
However, it's worth noting that the poster didn't specify where the device will make its debut — and Sony sure loves drawing out its releases across regions, so we might see the device stateside even months later (in the worst-case scenario).
Whatever the case, we'll most probably find out in a few weeks, at Sony's August 31 event. But if you're craving more Sony info, make sure to also check out our Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, and X1 rumor roundup.
source: Esato forums