Image: Sam RutherfordFollowing a recent spate of brand-new phones from OnePlus, Vivo, Xiaomi, and others, now it appears like Sony is up next with strategies to release a new Xperia phone on April 14. Sony recently tipped its hand when it updated the banner on the Xperia YouTube page while also reportedly sending out invites to members of the media. Sonys banner doesnt provide any hints about the particular device or devices it intends to announce, but the expectation is that Sonys new flagship phone will be the Xperia 1 Mark III, with reports that Sony could bring back the Xperia Compact too in some fashion. Heres a screenshot from the Sony Xperia YouTube page. Screenshot: Sam Rutherford (In-House Art)According to leaks and a render posted by Steve Hemmerstofer (aka @OnLeaks), the Xperia 1 III is anticipated to keep the minimalist design utilized on previous Xperia phones while featuring specifications that might match Samsungs Galaxy S21+ or perhaps even the S21 Ultra. OnLeaks states the Xperia 1 III will feature a 4K 6.5-inch OLED display screen with very thin bezels and a triple rear video camera with Zeiss T * lens finish and possibly a Sony-designed periscope-style telephoto camera Cybershot branding.As you d anticipate from a high-end phone in 2021, the Xperia 1 III is likewise believed to come with support for 5G connection, together with stereo speakers, a benefit faster way button (which could likewise double as a devoted electronic camera shutter button), and a finger print sensor built into the phones power button.G/ O Media may get a commissionNotably, the Xperia 1 III is likewise rumored to consist of a devoted 3.5 mm audio jack and a microSD card slot, which are two features that Samsung has actually abandoned on current Galaxy S phones. To me, this puts Sony in a really interesting position since for the very first time in years, the Xperia line might be the very best option to Samsungs popular flagship phones, specifically with LG appearing like its about to bail out of the smart phones organization. According to Chinese leaker ZACKBUKS (through TechRadar), other Xperia 1 III specs consisting of a 120Hz refresh rate for its 6.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 888 chip, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage (or more depending on the config). Regretfully, theres a lot less information relating to the rumored Xperia Compact, aside from it having a 5.5-inch screen, which is somewhat larger than the iPhone 12 Minis 5.4-inch display, but simply a little bit smaller sized than something like the Pixel 5 with its 6-inch screen. And in case thats not enough, theres a chance Sony might also reveal renewed phones for the Xperia 5 and Xperia 10 lines at its event. Regardless, if Sony can continue to take advantage of the wonderful tech it puts in its high-end mirrorless cameras while tossing in a lot of premium features and increasing provider assistance in the U.S., the Xperia 1 Mark III might be precisely what Sony requires to make a big resurgence in the smartphone market.