Sony Xperia XZ Pro could be among first phones with the Snapdragon 845 chip

Sony's new Xperia phone may continue the trend of disappearing headphone jacks

Xperia XZ Pro
Sony has had a whirlwind few months due mainly to the launch of several new phones, but it looks like it’s not slowing down any time soon. According to recent rumors, the company is readying a new flagship to serve as a follow-up to the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and it’s called the Sony Xperia XZ Pro. The phone is rumored to debut at Mobile World Congress 2018., which kicks off February 26.

We don’t know all that much about the new phones just yet, but there are a few rumors that give us hints at what the new phone may look like. Here’s everything we know about the Sony Xperia XZ Pro so far.

Design

Despite rumors last year that Sony would be fully embracing the bezel-less revolution, 2018 has been off to a tepid start with the reveal of the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 at CES 2018 — which despite having shrunk slightly, were not the bezel-less redesign that many were hoping for.

Still, we’re expecting the Xperia XZ Pro to give us something new to chew on in terms of design.

Unfortunately, hints of the XZ Pro’s design are not off to a good start, with an FCC certification (via Digit) revealing what we assume to be the XZ Pro will come with a USB-C cable that splits into a 3.5mm jack and USB-C slot. That would seemingly indicate that the phone will not have a headphone jack, following the mostly unpopular trend set by other recent flagship devices.

Specs

Perhaps the most notable thing about this device is what’s under the hood. According to a leak from MyDrivers, the phone will be among the first to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which is Qualcomm‘s most powerful mobile chip yet. It will also boast 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — though there could be options for how much RAM or storage are available on the phone.

MyDrivers notes that the phone may feature a 5.7-inch OLED display with a 4K resolution, which would be one of the highest-quality displays so far. Sure, it’s not the first phone to feature a 4K display, but hopefully this device will be among a new generation of devices with ultra-high-resolution displays, which should make for far better mobile virtual reality experiences.

Sony has traditionally placed an emphasis on cameras, and it’s likely the Xperia XZ Pro will be no different. The phone will apparently feature a dual rear-facing camera with one 18-megapixel sensor and one 12-megapixel sensor.

To power all of this, the phone is rumored to feature a 3,420mAh battery. It will boast an IP68 water-resistance rating.

Price and availability

According to MyDrivers, the phone will come with a price tag of 6,000 Chinese yuan, which equates to $930. That’s no small price for a phone — even if it’s a premium one. While it will reportedly be announced at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, that doesn’t mean it’ll be available then. Sony could wait a few months to launch the phone, depending on factors like availability of the Snapdragon 845. Last year, because Samsung manufactured the Snapdragon 835, it got first dibs. That may also be the case this time around.

Update: Added rumors that the XZ Pro may not have a headphone jack.

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