We know that Sony, as usual, will be at the IFA 2017 in Berlin at the start of September.
According to reports, the Japanese tech giant will be there to unveil a series of new phones that include the high-end Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact, which is not surprising at all.
Earlier this month, alleged pricing details of the two phones leaked online thanks to a listing on a Polish retailer’s website. The phones had model numbers G8341 for the Xperia XZ1 and G8441 for the Xperia XZ1 Compact. At about the same time, the latter appeared on AnTuTu, giving us a hint of what to expect in terms of specs and features.
From the benchmarks, the Xperia XZ1 Compact was confirmed to come with model number G8441, a Snapdragon 835 SoC mated with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and an HD resolution that is believed to be of 4.6 inches in size. The cameras listed had 8MP lenses and for the OS, the XZ1 Compact was confirmed with the upcoming Android 8.0.
This OS aspect was consistent with a previous listing on UAProf, where the high-end Xperia XZ1 had appeared with Android 8.0 alongside a Full HD resolution believed to be a 5.2-inch panel, but the rest of the details remained unknown. Now, in a new listing on Geekbench, the Xperia XZ1 (G8341) has just appeared, giving us some more details of what to expect when the phone makes its debut in about a month’s time.
While some of the specs are consistent with what we expect, among them a Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB RAM, the new benchmarks show that the Xperia XZ1 will be powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the same OS that powers the Xperia XZ Premium out of the box.
The new Android 8.0 OS is expected to be here sometimes next month, which means that Google is still working on it. In short, there’s still time for anything to happen, including a change to Android O once the device is ready for release, just like what has been leaked before. But for now, it’s important to take this report with a grain of salt, just like you’d do with any other unconfirmed report.