We have a date. Sony today sent invites to its MWC 2018 press conference — slated for February 26 — to members of the media. Will we see a new smartphone or two there even if the company just unveiled three selfie handsets at CES 2018?
We sure hope so. Because if rumors are to be believed, the device that Sony will be launching at this year’s Mobile World Conference is what we’ve been waiting for. We’re talking about the Sony Xperia XZ Pro flagship, which could represent a few firsts for the Japanese manufacturer.
The phone will reportedly represent the first time Sony is adopting an OLED display — 5.7 inches of 4K goodness, the rumor mill said. Aspect resolution could be 18:9. And yes, expect slim bezels. It’s about time, really. Someone needs to shave some millimeters off the huge bezels of its devices.
The Sony Xperia XZ Pro is presumably be the first Xperia to sport two cameras on the back, too — a system that consists of an 18-megapixel shooter with a 1.33μm pixel size and a 12-megapixel secondary rear camera with a 1.38μm pixel size. The front, on the other hand, features a 13-megapixel selfie camera.
Word has it that Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 845 chipset — paired with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal memory — powers the XZ Pro. And as with many of Sony’s devices, this Xperia is IP68 water- and dust-resistant. A 3,420mAh battery should help keep the handset last for about a day with moderate usage.
This beast of a smartphone is said to cost ¥6,000, or roughly P47,334 or $932, putting it in the same price league as flagships like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Looking forward to February 26 shouldn’t be too long of a wait now, should it? In the meantime, you can just sit back, relax, and grab a tub of popcorn.
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