Sony’s latest attempt to save its mobile division is the Xperia F8331 smartphone – a new flagship from the Japanese country that features an all-new design language.
At the MWC 2016, Sony unveiled a new range of Xperia X series that includes the Xperia X Performance, XA Ultra, Xperia X and Xperia XA. Of the three, it is only the XA Ultra that has yet to be available for purchase in the U.S. Even though the company is not yet done with rolling out its Xperia X lineup, it seems to be on track to unveil another flagship later in the year.
In the latest reports, photos of the alleged Xperia F8331 have emerged and the most noticeable change is the design language, especially when compared to the recent Xperia handsets. Taking a closer look will reveal brushed metallic case that delivers that premium feel users want. You also get a flat top and bottom whereas the sides take a new shape that is slightly curved. On the front, you will come across a weirdly-placed NFC above the Full HD display while the speakers are just adjacent to the earpiece.
Going around to the back of the Xperia F8331, you will come across more design changes. The camera has a new layout and you also find a dual LED flash. If these images are anything to believe, the upcoming Sony Xperia F8331 will be the first of its smartphones to feature the future-proof USB Type-C connector, which appears on the lower end. However, this doesn’t mean the phone will get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which takes its place on the opposite end of the USB-C port.
Despite the visible changes, Sony might still borrow something from the Xperia Z5 – the location of the fingerprint scanner. Expect to find the volume rockers placed on the side of the phone.
While the photos tell a lot about the design of the Xperia F8331 flagship, there is little to say about the specs of the handset. But since the phone will be joining the company’s flagship lineup, there are high chances that the handset will pack the newly launched Snapdragon 821 SoC or perhaps an even better Snapdragon 823 SoC. As for the RAM, you can expect nothing less than 6GB and 32GB of onboard storage. As usual, there will be room for microSD card storage, which can accommodate up to 200GB.
With Sony known for its abilities when it comes to photography, there are rumors that both the front and rear cameras may be capable of 4K video recording. Other than this, there is nothing much to say about the phone’s cameras. But with Google’s Android Nougat in its final developer preview, it is unlikely that the Xperia F8831 will be based on this OS. As a result, it may run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, with a fast Android Nougat update to come later on.
In 2015, Sony launched a number of smartphones at the IFA event in Berlin. While the Japanese tech giant has remained coy on the details of the rumored Xperia F8331 flagship, it is possible that this handset could be lined up for a September 2 launch when the IFA 2016 event kicks off in Berlin, Germany.