We haven’t seen much in the news regarding Sony’s next Xperia smartphone, especially with Samsung and Motorola stealing the spotlight lately.  But we can’t forget that Sony is due for a refresh soon, which typically occurs at the IFA trade show in September.

As it naturally goes when an announcement closes in, leaks become more revealing.  Today we have alleged details on the Xperia Z5, courtesy of Mobipicker.

It looks like Sony may be finally giving the Xperia screen size a bump, up to 5.5″.  The Xperia line has had a 5.2″ display since the Z2.  However, the resolution is said to be staying at 1080P.  This would not be too far-fetched, Sony did express that they thought QHD was frivolous.  But because the recent Xperia Z4v sported a QHD screen, I can see how many would be disappointed that this would not be the flagship standard from now on.

We may be looking at the Snapdragon 810 chipset being utilized again, which may not be a smart move.  The 810 SoC has accumulated a bunch of negativity through its overheating controversy, and the 820 was supposed to be Qualcomm’s redemption.  But to give Sony the benefit of the doubt, the extra time with the chip could have allowed them to figure out how to run it more efficiently.  They did the same thing last year when they reused the Snapdragon 801 on the Z3.

Other suggeseted details include 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage (no word if it’s still expandable or not), 20.7 MP rear camera (no word if the same Exmor RS sensor is back for yet another round) and 8 MP front camera.  Also, Sony may be adding a fingerprint reader this time.  I’m really interested to see how they implement it.  We’ve been seeing OEM’s unattractively add in a button to accommodate the scanner.

Are you excited to see what the Xperia Z5 will bring, or do you tune Sony smartphones out due to minuscule changes and limited US availability?

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