Rumours are gathering pace that Sony is gearing up to release a new version of its smaller-format flagship device: the Xperia 5 IV.
Here are all the latest news, leaks and rumours we’ve found so far about this eagerly anticipated Android smartphone.
When will the Sony Xperia 5 IV be released?
Sony has confirmed a launch event for its next flagship Xperia 1 IV device on 11 May, but for the moment hasn’t teased whether we’ll see the Xperia 5 IV unveiled alongside it. Still, that seems likely, so it’s worth tuning in just to be safe.
Of course, even if the 5 IV is unveiled then, it might be a wait before we can buy it. In the case of the current Sony Xperia 5 III, it was revealed to the public in April 2021, but only reached the UK and Europe in September 2021 and landed on US shores in January 2022.
Has the Xperia 5 IV been cancelled?
One concerning rumour comes from Weibo tipster Caybule – normally a fairly reliable source on Sony – who claims that one of the 2022 Xperia models has been cancelled, though doesn’t say which.
Thanks to Sony’s launch announcement we know that a new Xperia 1 is on the way, leaving a 1 in 3 split for the cancellation between the Xperia 5 IV, the more affordable Xperia 10 IV, and the follow-up to the extremely expensive Xperia Pro-I.
With Apple also expected to drop the Mini from the upcoming iPhone 14 line-up, there’s good reason for concern that small phones just don’t sell enough, and that the 5 IV might be at risk, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out.
How much will the Sony Xperia 5 IV cost?
As of yet, there’s no confirmation of the price you can expect for the Xperia 5 IV. It’s a good bet that it won’t be cheap though. Sony packs the Xperia 5 models with premium flagship components, complemented by some of the best build quality in the industry, all of which add up to some big ticket prices for potential customers.
Here’s how the previous models lined up in terms of cost:
The upward trend in pricing isn’t great, but we think there’s a good chance that Sony has topped out at the price point for the Xperia 5 IV. Keeping the price below that classic thousand mark is good for marketing, although we have seen many manufacturers bust through it without blinking an eye in recent years. Hopefully the Xperia 5 IV will hold steady with the price points of its predecessor rather than set a new higher figure.
What are the Xperia 5 IV specs?
We’ve seen some interesting news and rumours about the kind of specifications you can expect with the new model. Several sites, including GSM Arena, have reported on a leak from China that outlines several specs for the upcoming device.
These include a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor at the heart of the Xperia 5 IV. This will allegedly be made in the TSMC fabrication plant rather than the Samsung one that’s usually the home for the processors. Whether this causes delays in production remains to be seen. There are some thoughts that it could be a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, which would be a slightly beefed up version of the current chip, but as Qualcomm has yet to announce the new processor, it still remains just speculation.
It’s pretty much agreed in all the reports that we’ve seen that Sony will stick with the 6.1in OLED display that’s been a hallmark of the Xperia 5 series. With this you can also be pretty sure that the 120Hz refresh rate, 1080 x 2520 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio also make a reappearance in the IV, albeit this time protected by Gorilla Glass Victus rather than the Gorilla Glass 6 found on the Xperia 5 III.
The only other change that has been reported is an increase to the 4500mAh battery, but it’s not stated by how much. Otherwise, the Xperia 5 IV looks like it will share the same specs as the model it replaces, including the three-camera setup comprising three 12Mp sensors with wide, ultrawide and telephoto capabilities.
Here’s a breakdown of the Xperia 5 III specs so you can see what the Xperia 5 IV might look like:
6.1in 1080×2520 21:9 ‘CinemaWide’ OLED display, 120Hz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor
12Mp f/1.7 24mm wide camera w/ OIS
12Mp f/2.2 16mm ultrawide camera
12Mp f/2.3 70mm 2.9x / f/2.8 105mm 4.4x telephoto camera w/ OIS
8Mp f/2.0 front-facing camera
3.5mm headphone jack
Gorilla Glass 6
We’ll be updating this article as more details become available, so check back regularly to see what we uncover. In the meantime, you can also read our roundups of the best Android phones and best phones coming in 2022.