Towards the end of May, details of Sony’s plans for its mobile division this 2017 appeared online, giving us a hint of what to expect from the Japanese tech giant.
The company has already done some good business in the smartphone market as at the time of this writing. At the moment, there are a number of devices out there, among the Sony Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium for those after a flagship device and the Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and Xperia L1 for those running on a budget.
Apparently, the Japanese company has no plans of refreshing the 2016 Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact due to the poor market performance of the handsets outside of the home country. In the same report, which came as part of the company’s financial review for the year 2016, it was hinted that the tech giant had plans to unveil two more flagship phones this 2017.
At the time, the details of these phones weren’t clear. Even though not much has changed as at the time of this writing, we now have our first info on what Sony is working on as far as the flagships are concerned.
According to a UAProf report, the company is preparing the Sony Xperia G8341 and Xperia G8342. From the look of things, this could be one device with two variants – a single SIM and dual-SIM. The device will ship with the latest Android 8.0 O out of the box and will also boast a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, same as the Sony Xperia XZs.
Other than these, there are no other details from the UAProf listing, but this is enough proof that Sony is indeed lining up more flagship devices before the end of this year. Android 8.0 might not be here until August and if anything, OEMs may start using the OS towards the end of Q3 or during Q4 2017.