Sony’s next flagship smartphone and tablet get some leaked specs
For a while, Sony used to announce two flagship smartphones each year. In 2012, we had the Xperia S and Xperia T. 2013 was no different, with the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1. So why should 2014 be special? Yes, the first half flagship so far was introduced at CES, and Sony’s already had its CES 2014 event sans new top of the line devices… but wait, there’s also MWC next month!
And apparently that’s exactly the avenue which Sony will use to reveal the Sirius. That’s the codename for the successor to the Xperia Z1. This handset will reportedly feature a 5.2-inch touchscreen with unknown resolution, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB processor, which is currently the highest-end part in the chip maker’s portfolio. It’s virtually identical to the Snapdragon 800 that’s already been out in most high-end products for a few months, but it comes with higher clocked graphics, which should mean even better performance in games.
The Sony Sirius will be offered by Verizon, which is something that hasn’t happened to a Sony flagship in a very long while.
The Xperia Tablet Z will soon have a successor too, it seems. The new tablet will also use Qualcomm’s MSM8974AB chipset, and it will be offered in both Wi-Fi-only and 4G LTE versions. Its codename is Castor.
All of this comes from @evleaks, the source of mostly reliable information on future mobile products. However, you should obviously take this stuff with a grain of salt at least until more leaks confirm some of the info you just read. Who knows, Sony may have finally understood that obsoleting its flagship smartphones in just six months isn’t a good sales strategy.