We know that Sony Mobile is planning to launch a new Xperia handset with front-facing flash. The device is said to sport a 6-inch 1080p display and hands-on pics were spotted last month.
Then, more recently, benchmarks point to the device being powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755 chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with a 21MP rear camera and 16MP front-facing camera.
The device is widely expected to be marketed as part of the Xperia C series given the use of front-facing flash. Some have tagged the handset as the Xperia C6 Ultra, but now Digi-wo is suggesting the handset could come to the market as the Xperia X Ultra instead. This would make sense, as in many respects, the phone already looks very similar to the Xperia XA.
Design and Look
The C6 is expected to be modelled around the Xperia C5 Ultra, which sports a near bezel-less display. Sony has often been criticised for its devices lacking innovative design and a bezel-less display may pep things up for the company’s mobile division. The screen size as of now is speculative but a majority of the leaks suggest a 5.5-inch display meaning that it may be smaller in size than the C5.
The resolution for display on the device will definitely not have 4K display like the Xperia Z5 Premium given that the C6 is aimed at a mid-level pricing that will not be able to bear the cost of a 4K panel. A 1080 resolution display is what seems most likely. Sony like LG uses LCD panels for its screens and it seems more likely that it will continue to do so for the C6.
Processor, RAM, Storage and OS
For the C5 Ultra there were two variants — a dual sim and a single sim one. For the C6 we may see something similar although leaks have suggested a dual-sim possibility as it is a feature that has received positive feedback for most mid-level and budget smartphone models.
The processor for the device is said to be an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chipset expecting to clock at 2.0GHz, an upgrade from the C5 Ultra, which clocked at 1.7 GHz. There are no details on the RAM or ROM expected from the device but looking at the C5 Ultra, which had a 2GB RAM, the C6 can be expected to have a 3GB RAM. Something beyond it may not be cost effective for the phone if it looks to be moderately priced.
As for the ROM, Sony gave us 16GB internal memory the last time with an expandable memory card slot for the C5 Ultra, which suggests that it may bump up the internal memory or even have two variants with different capacities like many other mid-level models that other manufacturers have.
As for the OS, like most Android launches in 2016 the C6 too will come pre-installed with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow version of the OS. Xperia Z5, the company’s last major launch, has started to receive the Marshmallow update a few days back.
There are no strong reliable reports on the camera specifications for the upcoming device but given that Sony is the leader in mobile phone cameras we expect something better each time they introduce a new smartphone model. In fact the C5 Ultra was poised as a ‘selfie’ phone to many consumers as both the rear and front cameras had the same benchmark of 13MP and featured Exmor RS sensors that help in noise reduction.
The main challenge for Sony will be the pricing as mid-range has slowly started to transform into the new high-end range given the entry of players like OnePlus and Xiaomi. Even the earlier so-called mid-range models of Sony were steeply over-priced for the specifications they offered in comparison to its competitors.