Sony has a habit of taking its time with revealing its midrange phones, but one of its latest unveilings has been leaked well ahead of schedule. A promotional video has appeared on Reddit, from a user by the name of JB2unique, showing off what appears to be the next Xperia 5 V. The video shows the smartphone from both the front and back, revealing some interesting details.
The most notable change comes from the rear of the phone, where the Xperia 5 V will lose its telephoto lens. Instead, it will feature a dual camera setup with a wide and ultra-wide lens. This would be a significant downgrade from the Xperia 1 V and 10 V, which both have three lenses on the back. However, the Xperia 5 V’s cameras do still appear to feature ZEISS branding, so the quality should remain unchanged.
Aside from the cameras, the rest of the design looks fairly similar to the Xperia 5 IV that it will replace. The front will have a large bezel at the top with a selfie camera underneath. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is good news for those who still prefer this type of port. In terms of color, the Xperia 5 V will come in black and white at launch, while a blue variant may be released later on.
On the inside, it’s likely that the Xperia 5 V will run on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, paired with either 16GB or 12GB of RAM. This is an improvement over the Xperia 5 IV, as the older model had only 8GB of RAM. TechRadar suggests that Sony may be trying to keep the price of the Xperia 5 V as low as possible, which would explain the decision to downgrade some of its hardware specs.
While we don’t know when the Xperia 5 V will actually be launched, it’s expected to arrive sometime this September. The alleged marketing video that was posted on Reddit suggests that the company will release the phone much earlier than normal, and this early leak has been pretty accurate in the past.
The Xperia 5 V will be the first smartphone from the Japanese electronics giant to feature a 6.2-inch display with an FHD+ resolution. It’ll be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which will include support for the latest LPDDR5X memory.
The Xperia 5 V will be available in black and white at launch, while rumors suggest a third color option will be available later on. As for pricing, the Xperia 5 V is expected to be priced in line with other smartphones of its kind. A starting price of around $400 is a possibility, and this could be the lowest-priced smartphone from Sony to date. The company is reportedly working on an even cheaper version of the Xperia 5 V that will have some of the same features but without a telephoto camera. For more information, check out our Sony Xperia 5 V preview.
Samsung usually hosts two Unpacked events a year: one for its flagship S series phones and another for the Galaxy Z series. The company’s latest Galaxy foldable phones are likely to be the main attraction at the next event in July. The exact date of the Galaxy Unpacked 2023 event has yet to be confirmed by Samsung but based on historical release patterns, it’s safe to assume it will take place in mid-July.
Samsung Unpacked has been held in a number of major cities around the world including New York, London, and Barcelona but this will be the first time that it’s hosted in Seoul, South Korea. The country’s capital is known for its dynamic culture and innovation and Samsung says that hosting the event in Seoul “embodies the spirit of Unpacked by highlighting the next generation of mobile experiences.”
The last time that Samsung hosted an Unpacked event was in October and it introduced the Galaxy Tab S9, Watch6, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro during the show. The Galaxy Fold and Flip 5 were expected to be the focus of this July’s event but based on leaks, we could see some other exciting gadgets announced as well.
In terms of the Galaxy Fold and Flip 5, we’re expecting to see a few big improvements over their predecessors. For starters, both devices are rumored to have bigger cover displays that will give them a leg up over competing models like the Pixel Fold and Moto Razr Ultra 40. We’re also expecting to see more durable materials for long-term use, better camera hardware, and faster processor chips.
If you’re interested in watching the Samsung Unpacked 2023 event live, you can do so by following this link to Samsung’s official YouTube channel. The live stream will begin at 7 a.m. ET on July 26.
If you’re eager to try out the Galaxy Fold or Flip 5 before they hit shelves, you can pre-order the devices starting today. You’ll need to pay a deposit and then you’ll be able to choose from the various payment plans available depending on your preferred financing option. You can get more details by visiting Samsung’s website. The pre-order window closes on July 26 so if you’re interested, be sure to act quickly.