Sony may be one of the most reputable electronics manufacturers in the world, but the company’s smartphone business hasn’t really taken off in all these years in spite of a lot of effort on the part of the Japanese electronics giant. Even though its latest Xperia X-series smartphones didn’t exactly set the global sales charts on fire, Sony is believed to be working on a few new devices that are scheduled to be released in the New Year. At least a couple of those devices had leaked online a few weeks earlier when they were listed on the website of a Russian regulatory agency. Now they are back in the news again, with latest rumors coming out of China suggesting that they will both come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC under their hood.
The devices sport model numbers G3121 and G3112, and will reportedly be unveiled at the CES 2017 trade show to be held next month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sony has already scheduled a press conference at the event, so it will be interesting to see if the two rumored devices will be eventually announced on that day. The handsets, meanwhile, are expected to feature display panels sized 5.2-inches and 5.5-inches respectively, although the choice of the older Snapdragon 820 chipset isn’t going down well with too many observers. Either way, Sony is yet to officially confirm any of the rumors regarding its upcoming gadgets, so it will be prudent to wait a little longer for things to clear up in the coming days.
Even though Sony continues to bring new smartphones to the market, the company has traditionally been a little tardy in updating its devices to newer builds of Android over the years. This year, however, the company has admittedly done a better job of it, rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to at least two of its current handsets. While the Xperia X Performance was the very first Sony device to have gotten a taste of the latest flavor of Android late last month, the Xperia XZ reportedly started receiving the update just a few days back. While the two rumored upcoming devices will very likely launch with Android Nougat out of the box, it will be interesting to see if Sony makes a more conscious effort from now on to roll out timely updates, now that the company is concentrating on only a few devices each year.