December 19, 2014

What We Expect: Sony Sirius

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A brief overview of what Sony has in store for us

With Samsung, HTC, and LG readying their next wave of flagship phones we would expect that Sony might do the same. Indeed, it appears they are working on their next big release and it may come as soon as Mobile World Congress.

Known by its codename of Sirius, the D6503 looks to help Sony keep pace with the competition. We’ve taken this opportunity to gather up some of the juiciest and most likely rumors around the device, putting them in one place.  What you’ll find below is a growing list of things we expect or feel strongly about as it pertains to the Sony Sirius.

As always, if you see something that doesn’t look right or something we may have missed, let us know! We will update this post as we learn more about the Sony smartphone.

UPDATED: February 11, 2014

The Name

Given the specifications and details that follow we might be looking at more of a Xperia Z1 refresh than an Xperia Z2.

Specifications

Leaks, rumors, and benchmarks surfacing over the last few weeks suggest the Sirius will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Additional hardware figures to include 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 3300mAh battery.

sony_d6503In terms of display, we should look for a 5.2-inch screen but resolution is not clear yet. We’ve seen stuff that says it could be Sony’s first with a 1440×2560 “2K” pixel resolution but most of today’s devices are 1080p Full HD.

Leaked photos show the phone as having two speakers on the front face of the device. Similar to the HTC One, this one should have one fine slit at the top above the LED indicator and one at the very bottom.

Long a key feature in Sony smartphones, the Sirius’s camera looks to be no exception. We should anticipate a 20-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 4K video recording, and various shooting modes.

Other tidbits we’ve picked up along the way include microUSB, microSD expansion, and three microphones. Like the other Sony models of late, we ought to count on waterproof coating as well.

Android and UI

We should expect Android 4.4 KitKat at the minimum, likely the 4.4.2 version. Sony will, of course, sprinkle in its own touches and UI elements but it’s one of our favorite custom builds.

Launch

Pretty much everything we’ve heard so far tells us that Sony will bring this guy to Mobile World Congress, introducing it in late February. As for release, March seems to be the most likely.

Carrier support

Although Sony has been pretty tight with T-Mobile in the U.S. leaks say Verizon will score this one. We’re not sure if this is exclusive or whether other carriers will be in line, too. If anything, Sony will likely sell this one unlocked through its website or Amazon.