Although Sony has been making great phones for years, it continues to strive to gain a foothold in the US market. Sales volume has decreased year after year, with only 5 million units sold worldwide in 2019. To mitigate this decline, Sony launched the Xperia 5 last year, the return to compact smartphones. Rumor has it that a sequel will come first this year.
Last year, Sony started the year with three phone versions: Xperia 1, 10 and 10 Plus. Only the 1 was a flagship, but with its 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED panel, it cost almost $ 1,000. When Sony heard the outcry, it released the Xperia 5, a smaller phone that uses a 1080p OLED panel for almost $ 200 in savings.
To start 2020, Sony is using the best of its two flagships to develop a sequel to the Xperia 5, known as the Xperia 5 Plus, what makes this phone so exciting is the return of two features that we thought of that they are virtually non-existent on flagship smartphones: a headphone jack and two stereo front speakers.
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If Sony can ship with its camera, it is possible t be a candidate for the phone of the year. The Xperia 5 Plus has an OLED panel, which is arranged between two stereo front speakers. And it's added to the small list of flagship smartphones (LG and ASUS are the other two) that have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The exact data for the Sony Xperia 5 is currently unknown to us Plus. The predecessor was announced at IFA 2019 in September 2019. However, since leaks have already occurred, it will not take Sony that long to bring out the successor. Sony could announce it during MWC 2020, which takes place between February 24 and 28, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. This would correspond to the release of the Xperia 1 last year, to which this phone is upgrading.
- Release Date: June 2020
- Pre-Order Date: March 2020
- Announcement Date: February 24-28, 2020
So far, there are no leaks with respect to Memory capacity of the phone has occurred. However, since it is technically an update for the Xperia 5, we can make a reliable prediction based on the technical data. The Xperia 5 had 128 GB of UFS storage. It also supports microSD for expandable storage. We assume that the Xperia 5 Plus has at least this capacity, although 256 GB could also be an option.
- Available storage: 128 GB
- Expandable storage: Yes, microSD up to 512 GB
The Xperia 5 made its debut at $ 799 – one price , which allowed Sony to compete against the growing "budget flagship" that includes phones like the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S10e. We expect Sony to keep this price with the upgrade as well, with a potential increase of $ 50. With rumors saying that there will be a sequel to the more expensive Xperia 1 (known as Xperia 2), Sony won't raise the price of the Xperia 5 Plus to $ 900.
Body  Leaks indicate a design similar to last year, with glass on the back and front. The frame will likely be made of aluminum to keep the weight low and durable. We expect Sony Corning Gorilla Glass 6 to use the front and back just like its predecessor.
- Frame: Aluminum, Glass (Gorilla Glass 6)
- Surface: Unknown
As expected, the overall size of the Xperia 5 is larger as this is the "plus" Version of the Xperia 5 is. The Xperia 5 Plus is longer and wider, but its thickness is roughly the same, suggesting that it uses the same 3,140 mAh battery as the Xperia 5] The dust and water resistance should again be Sony's notorious IP65 / 68 protection correspond. This rating indicates that the phone has IP65 protection. However, if the connections are sealed, the degree of protection increases to IP68 to improve water resistance. Sony is likely to release this phone as GSM unlocked, making it compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks.
- Height: 6.62 inches
- Width: 2.82 inches
- Depth: 0.32 inches (0.37 inches on rear camera bump)
- Weight: Unknown
- Dust / water resistance: IP65 / 68 according to IEC standard 60529
- Supported carriers: AT&T / T-Mobil
- Infrared blaster: No.
Sony has always done a great job of keeping your phone up to date, and the Xperia 5 Plus shouldn't make any difference. Since Android 11 is still being processed by Google, we are confident that the Xperia 5 Plus will be delivered with Android 10, the latest version of the operating system.
Sony devices do not use a skin the same way as Samsung's One UI and OnePlus OxygenOS. Instead, it's mostly a standard experience with a few additions, including new battery modes, proprietary multimedia apps, and side sense. The latter is a feature that lets you tap on touch-sensitive areas of the phone to trigger app launches and other actions (see HTC Edge Sense 2). The Xperia 5 Plus should have a similar model to its predecessor, which is currently running Android 10.
Last year, the aspect ratio of 21: 9 was a big concern for Sony's phones. This is the same as most movies, so you can watch movies without black bars or cropping. In addition, the same aspect ratio is used when recording video, so that your videos appear cinematic. The Xperia 5 Plus uses the same ratio, but on a 6.6-inch display.
There is no notch. Instead, the front-facing camera and the two front-facing speakers are located in thin bezels at the top and bottom of the phone. The screen is flat, so you don't have to worry about accidentally touching it while watching videos or games. Unfortunately, there is no indication that Sony will use a higher refresh rate. This is a serious disadvantage when there are rumors about the competition's offer for 2020.
- Screen size: 6.6 inches
- Screen resolution: 2560 x 1080 pixels
- Total pixels: Unknown
- Pixel density: Unknown
- Screen type: OLED (flat)
- Notch: No
- Screen Body to Body Ratio: Unknown
- Aspect Ratio: 21: 9
- Minimum Brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness: Unknown
- Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch detection)
- Color temperature: Unknown
- Color scale: Unknown
Performance  Since the Xperia 5 was shipped with the latest Qualcomm chipset, it is likely that the Xperia 5 Plus will also be shipped with the latest Snapdragon 865. A 5G modem is required for this SoC, which means that this will be the first 5G son y phone to come to the US.
We do not expect Sony to increase memory. Instead, we choose a version supported by the Snapdragon 865, LPDDR5, which has a higher data transfer rate and lower power consumption.
- Memory: 6 GB LPDDR5
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- Chip size: 7 nanometers
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x A77) , 2.42 GHz (3x A77) and 1.8 GHz (4x A55)
- CPU cores: 8 cores (1 + 3 gold cores, 4 silver cores)
- GPU: Adreno 650  GPU frequency: 587 MHz
We do not have any information on battery life. Since the thickness of the Xperia 5 is almost identical to that of the Xperia 5, there is a high probability that the battery capacity will be the same or similar.
The Xperia 5 Plus supports USB PD and Xperia Adaptive Charging. The charger in the box is probably the same 18 W device that will give you about 50% in 30 minutes. Sony makes a great contribution to maintaining battery capacity by massively reducing charging after 80% and throttling every time the heat gets too high. It is not the fastest charger, but the system supports the long-term functionality of the battery.
- Battery: Lithium-ion battery
- Capacity: Unknown
- Wired charging: Yes, Xperia Adaptive Charging (USB PD 18 W)
- Wireless charging: no
We only know that the front camera has 8 MP. However, since this is the same resolution as the Xperia 5, there is a possibility that it is the same camera (or a direct upgrade). For context, the Xperia's camera had 5 1/4 sensor size, 5-axis stabilization known as SteadyShot, and support for HDR. We assume that Sony will at least meet these specifications in the upgrade.
- Resolution: 8 MP
- Aperture: ƒ / 2.0
- Zoom: yes, Unknown digital
- Flash: Yes, screen flash
- Image stabilization: Yes, steadyshot
- RAW support: Unknown
- Object detection: Yes, smile, hand
- Formats: JPEG
The Xperia 5 Plus brings the triple camera system back. We don't know the specifications at all, but we do know that they contain a ToF sensor for improved depth detection. We believe the camera type will be the same, with the main shooter being a wide angle lens in combination with a telephoto and an ultra wide angle camera.
- Types: Wide Angle, Tele, Ultrawide
- Resolution: Unknown
- Sensor Size: Unknown
- Aperture: Unknown
- Zoom: yes, at least 2x optical, unknown digital
- flash: yes, LED
- image stabilization: yes, OIS and EIS
- RAW support: yes
- lens cover: sapphire crystal
- Object detection: Yes
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
Without information about the rear-view camera, we have no precise information about the video performance. We expect Cinema Pro to return, Sony's movie recording mode, which allows you to record 21: 9 aspect ratio videos. We expect 4K HDR footage to be captured by the Xperia 5 too.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p and 4K
- Maximum frame rate: 30 fps for 720p, 60 fps for 1080p and 4K
- Slow motion: Yes, 1080p at 120 fps
- Time-lapse: Unknown
- Photos: Unknown
- Zoom: Yes, see above
- Flash access: yes, see above
- Image stabilization: yes, EIS and OIS
- Object detection: yes, unknown
- Auto focus: yes, unknown
- Audio: Stereo
- Formats: H.264
Audio  The function that I am most happy about is the two front speakers. Since they were removed from Pixel 4 by Google, not too many options were available. Two front-firing speakers offer the best video experience because stereo audio is aimed at your ears.
The other function that I am happy about is connecting a headphone. Aside from ASUS and LG, this connector has moved away from flagship-caliber phones.
- 3.5mm headphone jack: yes
- Stereo speakers: yes, facing front
- Microphones: Unknown
We expect the Xperia 5 Plus supports the same media formats as its predecessor.
- Audio: AAC (AAC-LC, AAC +, eAAC +, AAC-ELD), ALAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, DSD, FLAC, Midi, MP3, PCM, Opus, Vorbis, WMA
- Image: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WebP, WBMP, HEIF, DNG, CR2, NEF, NRW, ARW, RW2, ORF, RAF, PEF, SRW
- Video: MPEG -4-Video, H.263, H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9
The Xperia 5 Plus has the same sensors as the Xperia 5.
- sensors: accelerometers, Ambient light sensor, barometer, eCompass, side fingerprint sensor, game rotation vector, geomagnetic rotation vector, gyroscope, Hall sensor, magnetometer, pedometer, step detector, motion detector, proximity sensor r, RGBC-IR sensor
In relation to global navigation satellite systems, the Xperia 5 Plus is likely to be GPS, aGPS and support GLONASS. There is no specification for the dual frequency.
- GPS: yes
- aGPS: yes
- Glonass: yes
- BeiDou: no
- Galileo: no
- QZSS: no
The Xperia 5 Plus has a USB Type-C port. This is a premium connection with support for video outputs and is based on the USB 3.1 standard for fast data transfer. Bluetooth 5 is on board for wireless connections, along with native Google Cast support and NFC. While the Xperia 5 was limited to Wi-Fi 5, with the support of the new chipset for Wi-Fi 6, we expect the 5 Plus to use the latest standard for Wi-Fi.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11a / b / g / n (2.4 GHz) / n (5 GHz) / ac / ax
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: nano-SIM  Connection: USB Type C (USB 3.1)
- Other: Google Cast
Here too, the Xperia uses 5 a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Even if the industry is moving towards face recognition and fingerprint scanners on the display, a physical fingerprint scanner has its advantages because it is a proven method of constant authentication. Side mounting makes it easy to use because the scanner is aligned with your thumb when you pick up the phone (but only if you are working with your right hand).
- Fingerprint scanner: yes, mounted on the side  Face scanner: No
- Iris scanner: No
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