The GFX Bench has always been the first to leak specifications of new launches and the Sony smartphone dubbed Pikachu is the latest model to be out.
While Sony is definitely not going to name their phone after a Nintendo game, at least due to copyright issues, it has been named Pikachu for the time being. The tentative model sports an extremely powerful 21 megapixel camera capable of shooting images at 5520×4160 pixels. The camera is also capable of capturing videos at full HD resolution of 1920×1088 pixels according to the GFXbench page.
The Sony Pikachu will sport a smaller 5-inch display and it is the resolution that sounds extremely low for a smartphone getting launched in 2017. The display has 1280×720 pixels which is not something buyers may like especially when this phone has the best camera in class. It will be powered by a 2.3GHz MediaTek MT6757 processor combined with ARM Mali-T880 MP2 GPU. The phone has 2.8GB of RAM and 22 GB of storage space which we expect to come with a microSD card slot for further expansion.
The front side of the Pikachu phone will have a 8 megapixel camera with decent resolution to take selfies, if you are fond of them. A surprising and useful addition is that the phone will run on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out of the box. While the MediaTek processor and the lower resolution screen is not promising, it is good to know that Sony didn’t make people wait for an Android upgrade. Instead, they provide the latest version of the operating system on launch.
The pricing will play a major role in making the Sony Pikachu a popular model. If it is priced in the mid-range or entry level segment, it could do very well. However, the resolution and processor will continue to make buyers think twice before opting for it. Compared to Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the MediaTek SoCs are not so powerful that has encouraged manufacturers to develop their own processors for the near future.
It is also rumored that the upcoming model could be the Sony G3112 which has been nicknamed Sony Pikachu in the GFXBench results. The company is keeping the model under wraps until they are ready to unveil it. The Mobile World Congress 2017 is very close with just few days to go and Sony may choose to showcase some of their models at this grand event dedicated for smartphone launches.