Rumors are accelerating that Sony is gearing up to release a new version of its smaller format flagship device – the Xperia 5 IV.
Here’s all the latest news, leaks, and rumors we’ve found so far about this highly anticipated Android smartphone.
When will the Sony Xperia 5 IV be released?
We haven’t yet received an official release date from Sony, so we can look at previous model launches to get ourselves into the picture. One thing to note, Sony often announces its new devices some time before they are available.
In the case of the current Sony Xperia 5 III, it was revealed to the public in April 2021 but only reached the UK and Europe in September 2021 and landed on US shores in January 2022 .
Previous versions didn’t have to wait that long, with both being announced in September and then going on sale a month later. It’s unclear what to expect with the new model then, but we think Sony could go back to its original schedule and introduce the Xperia 5 IV in September or October. That would make the most sense, as it wouldn’t cannibalize sales of the Xperia 5 III, which is still a new phone in most markets.
Whenever it arrives, expect to see the 5 IV alongside the larger Xperia 1 IV and the more affordable Xperia 10 IV.
How much will the Sony Xperia 5 IV cost?
As with the release date, there is no confirmation of what price you can expect for the Xperia 5 IV. Chances are it won’t be cheap. Sony packs the Xperia 5 models with high-end flagship components, complemented by some of the best build quality in the industry, which adds up to high prices for potential customers.
Here’s how previous models lined up in terms of cost:
The upward price trend isn’t great, but we think there’s a good chance that Sony has overshot the price of the Xperia 5 IV. Keeping the price below that classic $1000 is good for marketing, though we’ve seen plenty of manufacturers smash it through in recent years. Hopefully the Xperia 5 IV will hold steady with its predecessor’s prices rather than setting a new higher figure.
What are the specs of the Xperia 5 IV?
We’ve seen some interesting news and rumors about what kind of specs you can expect from the new model. Several sites, including GSM Arena, reported a leak from China that outlines several specs for the upcoming device.
These include a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor at the heart of the Xperia 5 IV. This is allegedly made in the TSMC manufacturing facility rather than Samsung’s which is usually the processors’ home. Whether this causes any delays in production remains to be seen. Some think it could be a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, which would be a slightly beefed up version of the current chip, but since Qualcomm has yet to announce the new processor, that’s just speculation.
It’s pretty much agreed in all the reports we’ve seen that Sony will stick with the 6.1-inch OLED display that has been the hallmark of the Xperia 5 series. With that, you may also be pretty sure the 120Hz refresh rate, 1080 x 2520 resolution, and 21:9 aspect ratio also reappear in the IV, albeit this time protected by Gorilla Glass Victus rather than Gorilla Glass 6 found on the Xperia 5 III.
The only other change that has been reported is a battery boost of 4500mAh, though it’s not stated by how much. Otherwise, the Xperia 5 IV appears to share the same specs as the model it replaces, including the triple-camera setup featuring three 12Mp sensors with wide, ultra-wide and telephoto capabilities.
Here’s a breakdown of the Xperia 5 III specs so you can see what the Xperia 5 IV might look like:
- 6.1-inch 1080 x 2520 21:9 “CinemaWide” OLED display, 120Hz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor
- 8 GB RAM
- 128/256 GB storage
- expandable microSD
- 12Mp f/1.7 24mm wide camera with OIS
- 12Mp f/2.2 16mm Ultra Wide Camera
- 12Mp f/2.3 70mm 2.9x / f/2.8 105mm 4.4x telephoto with OIS
- 8Mp f/2.0 front camera
- Android 11
- Stereo speakers
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Gorilla Glass 6
- IP65/68 certified
- 4500mAh battery
- 30W fast charge
- Bluetooth 5.2
We’ll update this article as more details become available, so check back regularly to see what we find out. In the meantime, you can also read our roundups of the best Android phones and the best upcoming phones of 2022.