Sony Mobile confirmed off a 5G-capable Xperia smartphone at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona, earlier this month. The prototype was one in every of a only a few at MWC that really supported mmWave performance – most others solely supported sub-6GHz 5G capabilities.
Very few carriers plan to assist mmWave 5G frequencies in 2019, one in every of these is Japanese provider NTT docomo, set to roll it out this yr. This is probably the rationale, why Sony went full-in on mmWave assist, and may very well be prepping Xperia fashions to assist this tech later within the yr.
The precise prototype 5G Xperia, identified internally as “AG-1” was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which incorporates the X50 5G modem. You can see from the pictures under that the tall-and-skinny design language, with sharp edges and angular traces, is in step with the 21:9 Xperia 1 and 10 collection launched earlier this month.
However, this explicit unit appeared even longer and thicker than the brand new Xperia 1 flagship. It additionally had twin rear cameras with Zeiss optics and an OLED show. A selfie digicam was additionally current, together with a USB Type-C charging port. It must be famous that you simply shouldn’t count on this to be the end-commercial product – numerous modifications are anticipated as soon as community testing is full.
So how does Sony plan to leverage this tech? “At Sony, we’re fascinated with the potential of capturing actuality, whereas additionally delivering Real-Time worth, with a lack of latency and content material supply with immediacy. We imagine stay and Real-Time content material will likely be tremendously accelerated with the introduction of 5G,” stated Mitsuya Kishida, President and Representative Director Sony Mobile.
Kishida additionally confirmed that it’s at present engaged on numerous prototypes, each Sub-6 gigahertz and mmWave. “5G future is crucial for our Sony group, and Sony Mobile will likely be extra related than ever to content material creation, viewing, and sharing,” stated Kishida.