Sony confirms MWC 2020 event expected to bring us a new high-end Xperia phone

Sony confirms MWC 2020 event expected to bring us a new high-end Xperia phone
Well, that didn't take long. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas closed its doors less than a week ago, and we already have the first confirmation from a major mobile tech company of a presumably important announcement happening at the year's second big industry exhibition in chronological order.

Unsurprisingly, Sony is headed for Barcelona to unveil the tech giant's next big phone at MWC 2020 on February 24. That's actually day one (at least officially) of this year's Mobile World Congress, and the company will be up bright and early that Monday morning to kick off its press conference at 8:30am CET. That's 2:30am Eastern and 11:30pm (Sunday, February 23) Pacific Time, so clearly, whatever Sony has in store here is not primarily targeted at a US audience.

Based on recent history, as well as even more recent rumors and leaks, we can predict with a relatively high degree of confidence that Sony will bring a new premium handset to the 2020 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5, which saw daylight in February and September 2019 respectively, and may well carry the Xperia 5 Plus branding.


Leaked in all its glory just last week, the Sony Xperia 5 Plus has no notch or holes drilled into its massive 6.6-inch display, instead opting for a clean and sleek look with the same extra-tall 21:9 aspect ratio as its forerunners, as well as crazy thin bezels that are nonetheless thick enough to house front-firing stereo speakers.

Of course, it might be a little too late for a premium flagship design with just the right number of bells and whistles to straighten a ship that's been slowly sinking for several years now. But perhaps this could be the timid beginning of a beautiful resurgence. 

Let's wait and see exactly what Sony has in the pipeline for its February 24 event, as the mid-range Xperia 10 and 10 Plus joined the high-end Xperia 1 in Barcelona for MWC 2019. Curiously enough, a device believed to be the Xperia 20 was first leaked all the way back in May, with a bunch of key specs rumored in July and complete silence on the gossip front since then.

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17 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

12MP 1/1.5" (I heard Pixel 5 will have same size). 64MP 1/1.7" 12MP 1/3.4" ToF Periscope

7. Feanor

Posts: 1432; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Periscope in an Xperia?? Huawei P30 Pro-style? Do you have any sources, or is it just wishful thinking?

12. tangbunna

Posts: 495; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

sony is not huawei. they make a phone just to say they so done it. their main mobile business is selling camera sensors which has no risk of low sale and low price with high effort. 61mp 1/1.7 wide 20mp 1/2.9 ultrawide 16mp 1/3.2 2x zoom 2mp Tof 2mp 1/4 macro

14. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Macro is so stupid. My xperia does macro with 20MP

2. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Is it true sony launch, all phones from mid range to flagship, all are 5G? Xperia 20 might come with SD 765G. I really like the design if its true. Flat screen no notch, hole, pop-up camera just simple design.

4. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

No. One device at least has 665. 6xx series does not support 5G.

3. liteon163

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Please ditch the 21:9 format... I tried out the Xperia 5 and returned it because it was just too awkward.

5. Feanor

Posts: 1432; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I agree; 21:9 means small size of content in portrait and impossible to reach upper areas of the screen. These ergonomic shortcomings cannot be counterbalanced by the minimum gain in movie watching, more space for multitasking (who multitasks so heavily on a phone?) or the fitting of somewhat more scrollable content.

8. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

But the phones this year will come 20:9 screen and its on 21:9 territory and more wider.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1432; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

And just as I thought I'd ditch finally Sony for ever and replace my XZ3 with an OnePlus phone, looks like the next Sony flagship may again win me over. I'm expecting that in no way it can be better than the upcoming OnePlus 8 Pro, but if it's anything like the renders, it will look like a far more luxurious and unique item. So as long as the camera is not downright terrible or battery life is not entirely laughable, I'll probably go for it instead for the OnePlus 8 Pro.

9. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Check xperia 1 and 5 battery test. Pound for pound even tho its not 4000+ mah, they rating and optimization are excellent and if op8 pro really go for 120hz QHD? Expect a massive battery drain.

10. Feanor

Posts: 1432; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

You don't need to sell me Sony phones. I have only had Sony smartphones since my first smartphone. But I'm objective; Sony will be again behind competition in bezels, lack of in-screen fingerprint scanner and most likely camera software optimization. However the reasons why I can tolerate these drawbacks are design (in case the renders pan out to be true) and (shockingly) the fact that I am used in using Side Sense and I'll miss it if I change brand.

11. Skizzo

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I'm kind of let down by the Samsung's offerings thus far (if all rumors turn out to be true), so I'm really looking forward to what Sony and OnePlus have to offer. Sony is looking very promising this year.

15. Poptart2828

Posts: 500; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

The real exciting news is both shared by Sony and Vivo bringing its evolution of the Nex phone to MWC.

16. CDexterWard

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Just really want Sony to put out that proper flagship-grade compact again. I was ready to get the XZ2 compact and they burned me with that bubble-butt back, sub-par cameras, and over-the-top price. Now that the cameras are better and the back is flat again, they went with a shape that is the same ratio as a stick of chewing gum. Sony, when are you going to get it together in one phone?

18. shm224

Posts: 317; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

SONY still makes smartphones?

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