It's been an year since Sony Xperia X was released. We were expecting its successor at MWC, that didn't happen. But Sony has confused us all with the release of X, X compact, XZ Premium, XZs, XA1 and XA1 Ultra at MWC. So, what about X2? Well, you need to read the succeeding article to know that.
Sony has not one but five handsets in the works, only two of which are accounted for, and model numbers for two new Xperia handsets were revealed by the Eurasian Economic Commission in October, which suggests we’ll see them soon. The numbers are G3112 and G3121, neither of which are attached to any announced Sony phone.
The leaked model numbers above, and rumors of Sony phones in the works, suggests it may well exist and be coming soon.
Design / Display Rumors
A leaked photo first seen by Slashleaks shows a potential box with a phone called ‘new Xperia X’, which is firmly looking like the Xperia X2:
The phone looks similar to the X but with thinner bezels at the top and bottom of the screen. If legitimate, this is Sony rectangle design 101.
Sony has stuck with a 1080p screen on the majority of its upper mid-range and flagship devices, including the Xperia X. But Sony has a bunch of new phones on the way, including one with a 5.5-inch QHD screen. It could be Xperia X2.
The current Xperia X has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor. The possibility is, the Xperia X2 could have either a top-end Snapdragon 835 chipset or a more upper mid-range Snapdragon 653 one. It'll also surely retain the cool fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone from the X. It will have likely 4GB of RAM, but possibly as much as 6GB, which isn’t unrealistic at all given that the original Xperia X has 3GB.
A rumor points to either a Sony IMX400 lens or an unnamed 23MP rear shooter and 16MP front-facing one. There's a chance it will use the same camera as the Xperia X. In which case you can look forward to a 23MP rear snapper and a 13MP front-facing one. It’s likely Sony will make some changes or improvements to the camera.
Price and Release Date
The Sony Xperia X was announced on 22 February 2016 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We had expected Sony to release a new Xperia X at MWC 2017, but instead, it launched the XA1 and XA1 Ultra.
In our review of the Xperia X, retailed at launch for a full £459 in the UK. It's odd to have a phone just below flagship for such a high price. We hope the Xperia X2 - if it is ever launched - will be more in the £300 region. More likely it will cost (£450, around AU$735).