Sony has, in an extremely low-key method, just announced that its upcoming Xperia event will be on April 14th (via Droid Life). The news originates from the Xperia YouTube channels banner, where it sets out that there will be a new item announcement happening at 4:30 PM Japan Standard Time– thats 3:30 AM EST, or 12:30 AM PT (if you feel like working like a dog to watch live).
The banner offers no genuine hints regarding what will be revealed, but there have actually been a few rumors drifting around– one about a new flagship, the Xperia 1 III, and one about the return of the Xperia Compact, which could wind up being an Android answer to the iPhone Mini.
Its worth keeping in mind that there are other reports that point out brand-new versions of the Xperia 5 and 10, overlooking the Compact totally. Quite much every report suggests that well see a new entry in the flagship Xperia 1 line. Leaks suggest that the 1 III will have a periscope zoom lens, and Techradar just recently released what could be the full specs. Its mostly whats anticipated from a flagship Android phone: Snapdragon 888, 12GB of memory, 5G, and a 4K 120Hz screen.
Its most likely a safe bet that if theres just one phone being revealed (which is hinted at by the singular “product” in the image from Sony), the Xperia 1 III would be it– the 1 line appears to be on a yearly cycle. The Compact is much more of a wildcard– the last time Sony launched a “Compact” branded phone remained in 2018, though it does utilize the word to market the Xperia 5 II, with its 6.1-inch screen, which is around the very same size as an iPhone 12 Pro or Galaxy S21. The rumors for a 2021 variation of the Compact say that itll have a 5.5-inch display, which is just a small bit larger than the screen on an iPhone Mini.
Both potential phones are reported to come with headphone jacks. When it comes to what well really see on the day, only time will inform– but thankfully theres not much of it left.