Sony will unveil new phones at MWC 2019, but Xperia XZ4 Compact may not be happening

Sony will unveil new phones at MWC 2019, but Xperia XZ4 Compact may not be happening
The recently rendered Xperia XZ4 Compact may have been canceled 

While we never expected much from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in terms of smartphone announcements, Sony did unveil the mid-range Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and Xperia L2 at CES 2018, which made the Xperia XA3, XA3 Ultra, and Xperia L3 prime candidates for debut showings this week.

But the company had different plans, instead setting its sights on next month’s Mobile World Congress for mystery announcements laying out the “first step” on the road to a revised strategy meant to turn a profit and make Sony relevant again on the global smartphone scene.

Of course, we never doubted the company would have a presence at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, as previous editions of the European trade fair brought us the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia X, and many other mid-rangers and high-enders over the years.

It remains to be seen now if the Xperia XZ4, XZ4 Compact, XA3, XA3 Ultra, and L3 will all be unveiled in late February. That sounds like an excessive number of new devices for just one event, so perhaps the XA3, XA3 Ultra, and L3 will see daylight separately after all.

Or maybe there’s no such thing as the Xperia XZ4 Compact. The shocking theory appears to be supported by Don Mesa, Sony Mobile’s Vice President of Marketing for North America. While Mesa was evasive and vague enough to leave plenty of room for interpretation in his latest statements, it definitely feels like the company has lost faith in its line of Compact handsets.

After sticking with that product family for “a very long time because of the ease of use”, Sony seems to agree with the rest of the industry that “people want a lot more surface area for their content now.” Still, Mesa thinks “there’s always room for different sizes”, so we honestly don’t know what to expect as far as the Xperia XZ4 Compact is concerned.

Meanwhile, Sony hopes to “deliver a much better camera experience” with its next phones, also waiting for the right time to release the company’s first 5G-enabled device. Soooo, probably not at MWC 2019.

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10 Comments

1. umaru-chan

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

If the render for the compact phone were true then it's a good decision. The rendered phone doesnt Belong in 2019. I will never buy any Android phone over 500 us dollars because I think it's a waste to spend over 500 in Android ecosystem. Why bother spend more when you get 90 percent of experience at much lower price and expensive Android phone doesn't have the status symbol of apple products. Bring some good phone Sony so that I can make fun of garbage Samsung fanboys ( *allyu, phonesssex, Jasssson, that middle eastern prick,sissybitch and the list goes on) even more.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 974; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

So, you will spend $1300 for an iphone because of status symbol? Wow!

5. umaru-chan

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I'll spend even more to experience vast and unique apple ecosystem and at the same time will attain the status symbol that comes with expensive apple products.

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1500; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

XZ4 Compact was one of my candidates for a new phone. Well, well things will be a lot simpler when they do not release it. Compact is probably the only Sony phone that matters.

4. civicsr2cool

Posts: 267; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Good, the xz2 compact was a huge flop just like every other compact besides the z3c. Who knew putting a flagship processor in a plastic housing with no heatsink would be a recipe for disaster? lol

9. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I tend to agree. I used to love Sony phones, but the last one I had was the Z3C. After that, they seemed to make them worse, not better. They would compromise on either aesthetics, or specs, or both. It sucks to say, but I don't think it's people that gave up on the "Compact" phone, but Sony themselves. If they made a 'Compact' the size of the Z3c, but with the bezels of a modern 2019 phone, they could easily put a 5.2" screen on it and watch it fly off the shelves.

6. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

There would be one.. but region specific.. more likely to be limited to Japan

7. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

iPhones recent setback should be an eye openers to Sony.

10. cheetah2k

Posts: 2230; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I hope the XZ4 compact comes. I was waiting for that to be released - My wife is a massive fan of the compact series

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