The last we heard from Sony and its Xperia lineup was the arrival of the Sony Xperia 5 IV, which was announced in September. It’s a smaller version of the Sony Xperia 1 IV, with a 6.1-inch screen, but a new leak suggests that an even more compact device is on the way for this particular phone series.
Unconfirmed information posted on Chinese social media site Weibo, reported in notebookcheck.net (opens in new tab)points to an upcoming Xperia phone with a 5.5-inch display and a modest mid-range internal spec set.
The idea is that the phone could be a successor to the Sony Xperia Ace III, which was only released in Japan. This time, however, the rumor is that the rest of the world will also be getting the device.
In terms of specs, the leak lists a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a battery capacity of 4,500mAh. The 5.5-inch screen will apparently have a resolution of 2520 x 1080 pixels, with the phone also offering an 18W wired charging speed.
If that’s really how the Sony Xperia Ace IV shapes itself, it’s a significant leap forward from its predecessor. The Sony Xperia Ace III came with a 5.5-inch screen, 1496 x 720 pixels, a Snapdragon 480 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 4,500mAh battery.
The Xperia Ace III debuted in June 2022, so the same month of 2023 seems like a good bet for when the next phone might arrive – and of course we’ll let you know if and when Sony makes the new handset official.
Review: Compact phones for people
There’s not much out there for those who prefer a more compact phone. If the Sony Xperia Ace IV is really real and comes with a 5.5-inch screen, it will be one of the smallest devices available on the market.
We know there was no iPhone mini this year: the rumor is that the iPhone 13 mini simply didn’t sell enough units for Apple to be able to justify an iPhone 14 mini. However, it looks like the iPhone 14 Plus isn’t changing in huge numbers either.
Considering that the vast majority of phones today have screen sizes well over 6 inches, it seems that consumer demand for these smaller handsets is really low. The success or otherwise of the Sony Xperia Ace IV would be another indicator.
Perhaps folding phones are the answer: a nice big screen to use when they’re open, but also something relatively small to fit inside a pocket or purse. Now, all we need is for the prices of these foldables to drop enough to attract mid-range phone buyers.