The impressive Sony Xperia 5 III was announced in April 2021, though it wasn’t widely available until October or even longer. A new rumor is now giving us an early preview of the hardware specs of its successor, reportedly named the Xperia 5 IV.
According to the source, Sony’s upcoming flagship will retain the 6.1-inch screen from its predecessor. Moreover, the device will utilize Gorilla Glass Victus on both sides. It could be slightly heavier than the Xperia 5 III, however.
Expectedly, the Xperia 5 IV will also feature Sony’s advanced camera features, backed by a 1/1.7” 12-megapixel IMX557 sensor. Additionally, the company will use a 12-megapixel IMX663 (1/2.93”) telephoto lens, plus a 1/2.55” IMX363 ultrawide camera.
The juiciest information from the Weibo source is about the chipset used in the flagship. While it should come as no surprise that the Xperia 5 IV will feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the leaker says the SoC will come via TSMC and not Samsung.
A recent report suggested that Qualcomm is taking its business to TSMC
This aligns with a recent report of Qualcomm choosing TSMC over Samsung for future chips due to yield-related issues. While Qualcomm hasn’t confirmed this shift, the writing is on the wall.
The aforementioned source also says that Sony will marginally improve the battery capacity on the Xperia 5 IV. Furthermore, the company will reportedly keep the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Xperia 5 III. Sony could sell the device in the 5,000 CNY range in China. For reference, the Xperia 5 III currently costs $999.99 on the company’s official online store. Keeping this in mind, we expect a similar price range for the upcoming flagship.
There’s no information on when the manufacturer will reveal the smartphone, but it could be a while. Though there’s some hope of an announcement at MWC 2022, we’re not holding our breath. We must point out that Sony only started shipping the Xperia 5 III to U.S. customers a month ago, so don’t expect to find it on your shelves anytime soon.