Sony Xperia 5 Plus (Sony 2020 flagship) rumor review: Design, specs, price, release date

Sony Xperia 5 Plus (Sony 2020 flagship) rumor review: Design, specs, price, release date
Just in time for the next big mobile event in tow, what seems like the perfect candidate for Sony's next flagship phone has just leaked gloriously. Dubbed Xperia 5 Plus or the Xperia 1.1 (depending on who you ask), the device will most certainly be unveiled at the MWC 2020 trade show in Barcelona, Spain, where Sony has a long-going tradition of announcing at least one new phone each year. Back in 2019, that was the Xperia 1, a transformative device that introduced a new design language and sort of aimed to bring Sony back into the mainstream. Sadly, it didn't, but the freshly-leaked Xperia 5 Plus by Steve Hemmershoffer looks like it could be the catalyst of something good for the Japan-based phone manufacturer. Let's see why that is by exploring all rumors regarding this upcoming Xperia flagship. For the sake of brevity, we'd refer to it as the Xperia 5 Plus. 

Design & Display

The design of the Xperia 5 Plus looks like the biggest upgrade in comparison with the previous Sony flagship, and it looks very, very ellegant. From the looks of it, the phone could be one of the most forward-thinking and modern phones. The display of the phone doesn't have any interruptions, no notches or punch-holes to accomodate the venerable selfie camera. The latter is housed in the relatively thin top bezel of the phone, which doesn't seem to be such a big deal. 


Speaking of the display, it seems to be utilizing the 21:9 ratio that the Xperia 1 introduced more less than a year ago, making up for one tall phone. The display itself is said to be a 6.6-inch OLED panel, a 0.1-inch increase over the Xperia 1, which falls in line with our expectations. The display will most certainly be a 4K HDR OLED one, building onto the foundation laid out by the Xperia 1 last year. 


Glass is, again, the main build material, with a thin aluminum frame holding everything in place. What's more important here is that Sony has decided to go even further and make even better use of the inevitable bezel - the Xperia 5 Plus will most probably come with a pair of front-facing speakers. That's a rarity these days as most phones with stereo speakers simply can't make them front-facing due to space concerns. This will mark the return of front-facing speakers, which we last saw on the Xperia XZ3. Good on Sony for utilizing those bezels in the best way possible!

Instead of a trendy, yet hit-or-miss in-display fingerprint scanner, Sony will likely opt for a traditional fingerprint scanner on the right side of the phone. It might not be as cutting edge as those ultrasonic and optical scanners, or as convenient as a three-dimensional face-detecting biometric, but will probably be way more reliable.

Speaking of old-school design choices, Sony is seemingly vowing to keep the dedicated shutter button on the side for easier photo snapping, but did you know that the next Xperia flagship... might even score a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top? It's been a few years since we last saw one of those on a Sony flagship, but it seems that the Japan-based company is willing to go back to its roots in order to flirt with its fanbase. 


Hardware

In terms of hardware, it would make the most sense for Sony to use the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset in its next flagship, paired with at least 8GB of RAM and an ample amount of storage, hopefully 128GB or more. 5G support will most certainly be on board as well. Hopefully, a nice sizeable battery would be included at the rear, but thanks to Stamina mode, battery life has never really been a big issue for Sony phones.

Camera

Honestly, we would have been totally surprised if we saw anything but a triple-camera system at the rear of the Xperia 5 Plus. The now-standard wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto setup will be vertically positioned at the top left side at the back of the phone. To top things up, we have a Time of Flight sensor, which should help capture better portraits. Meanwhile, the selfie camera at the front is tipped to be an 8MP one, which sounds kind of lackluster in comparison with other contemporary phones, but let's not forget megapixels don't matter that much. Features-wise, the CineAlta-powered Creator Mode with manual video controls is very, very likely to make the cut. Hopefully, the eye-tracking autofocus system makes the cut too, 

Price and release date

Provided that the Sony Xperia 5 Plus gets announced at MWC 2020, which will most certainly happen, we expect it to hit the shelves in May or June 2020, as Sony usually takes its sweet between an announcement and actual release.

The price of the Xperia 5 Plus will probably be in the ballpark of $949-$999 for the most basic version, as Sony's flagships always charge a premium. If Sony comes up with an even more spec'd-out version of the Xperia 5 Plus, we could be looking at an even higher price tag. 

Related phones

Xperia 5 Plus
  • Display 6.6" 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB

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9 Comments

1. androiduser

Posts: 556; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I miss 16:9 and 18:9 phones. I don't like the new 20:9 and 21:9 aspect ratios

5. TadTrickle

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Same here, sadly I think they went the way of the removable battery..... As for the phone, comments in the other article mentioned one of the most important issues: battery size. If this phone comes with a proper battery, Sony has a winner on it's hands

9. Polaris1983

Posts: 35; Member since: May 22, 2019

Not for me though. Bigger phones to me like this usually translate into better experiences for taking movies and photos at an ai scaled 8k and 4k ai scaled if they can get away with scaling it using a cheaper camera lens. The problem is the internal spec of android os phones that causes me to hate them so much vs ios devices as you simply cannot shoot a lot of 4k video at over 30-60 minutes of constant runtime with a lot of installed app on the phone itself even when using a 1TB MicroSD card of the latest spec for the fastest MicroSD readers as Andriod OS is too far behind the times still vs iOS and Hauwei knows it too as they are now designing their own os separate from the albatross that is android os now as google's os that isn't chrome os is a sinking ship for tablets and smartphones as their os OEM support is criminal as exploitative towards the consumers and apple knows it like most that had an iPhone and know they do longterm os support for their products unlike google and their OEM devices they use. IUnteral hardware specs on android devices need a lot more horsepower under the hood and better cooling as the OS still isn't the best at RAM management vs ios for closing or suspending open apps on the phone or tablet is more like windows os on Andriod (don't get me started on that old trope with windows 10 and chrome eating up ram on a pc or pc gaming CPU/GPU wars either) as we need double the RAM more memory at 2TB vs 1TB now and MicroSD card readers that are fast enough to transfer data and apps over realtime like with onboard memory for 4k video and running games on Andriod os as well as for making an offline backup of your devices for an offline way to transfer all your data offline privately to your new device without having to sign in to google for cloud-based access to get this sort of feature as that is why the MicroSD cards at 1TB and soon 2-4TB ones are there for this sort of thing for tablets and phones running android os. Perhaps even Microsoft can allow this sort of feature as well via one drive like google does for its devices and offline data migration feature too for PCs one can only think of such a thought. (not to mention Logitech better Bluetooth support as my keyboard keeps losing signal using it as I type with a USB-c yubikey support for added layers of offline security for that sort of thing for banking and e-commerce or to lockout your devices from your kids using it.

3. User123456789

Posts: 1348; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Name wont be 5+. Steve never guesses right. 12MP 1/1.5" 64MP 1/1.7" 2MP ToF + periscope/OIS 12MP 1/3.4" ultra wide

6. Skizzo

Posts: 426; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

This could be my first Sony phone since my Z3C. Love the direction they're going if all rumours turn out to be true.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think I'm the only one not particularly enthusiastic about the return of the headphone jack. I prefer the sleek design without too many ports and holes and I honestly don't see such a huge issue to just use a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter or buy a pair of wireless earbuds. Or at least I'd like Sony to put the jack at the bottom rather than on top.

10. plsnoregforcomments

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

So you don't like the hole, and you prefer the dongle. Nothing wrong with that, if it's your thing.

8. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Looks classy

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