Sony pulled an interesting move at the start of the year by dumping its long-standing Xperia Z line for the new Xperia X. What’s more, it was a whole lineup of essentially three of the same phones (Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance), with the same 5″ screen sizes but tweaked specs. Admittedly, it was too quiet of a launch in the midst of the highly competitive Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, LG G5, and HTC 10. Nor is it helpful that Sony is still not fully investing in the US market, and for some odd reason, continues to leave out the fingerprint scanner from the US variants.
Still, Xperia fans may nonetheless be interested in what Sony has in store for the Fall. All we’ve had to hold us over is the large Xperia XA Ultra and a leak of what looks like an upcoming flagship, only known as its model name “F8331”. But we now have a clearer picture of what’s to be, thanks to a catch from Sony’s Czech website – listings for an Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ. Unfortunately, that’s all that the website spills; no specs. But we can deduce that Sony will follow its historic trend of releasing phones of varying sizes. We don’t know if the Xperia XZ is the F8331 model that was leaked, but chances are that they’re related.
That’s not all we have. The renowned leakster, Evan Blass (@evleaks), managed to snag a snap of the Xperia X Compact. And what do you know, it looks a lot like the front of the F8331. As a reminder, Sony is expected to have a press conference right before IFA 2016 kicks off, on Sept. 1st at 1pm (Berlin time). Hopefully, we’ll get the scoop on the newest Xperia X phones then.
Xperia X Compact leak by Evan Blass (@evleaks)
Anyone who was underwhelmed with the initial Xperia X lineup looking forward to see what the second try will be? Do you think Sony’s design is tired or just fine? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Hopefully the company has some tricks up its sleeve to help the new phones stand out, and more competitive pricing (though, that seems far-fetched for Sony).