Sony is one of the only manufacturers left to announce a new flagship in 2016 and it looks like the beginning of September might be when we will see it appear.
The name is a little up in the air at the moment though, after the company scrapped the “Z” series at Mobile World Congress and marked the “X” series as its future. There have been a couple of names rumoured, but we are going with the Xperia XR for the sake of this feature.
We’ve compared the rumoured specs of the Xperia XR, also called Xperia F8331, to the Xperia Z5 to see what the differences are, based on current speculation.
Sony Xperia XR vs Xperia Z5: Design
There have been several leaked images of what is claimed to be the next Sonyflagship, all showing a device that follows the same OmniBalance design Sonysmartphones exhibit.
The Sony Xperia XR is claimed to be coming with a brushed metal finish measuring 146.4 x 71.9 x 8.1mm. Based on the leaks, it looks like the fingerprint sensor will remain on the side power button, while USB Type-C will be present for charging and data transfer.
The Sony Xperia Z5 also has an OmniBalance design but it features a tempered glass rear with a metal frame rather than an all metal finish. The side button is present with the fingerprint sensor but the Z5 appears to offer a slightly more rounded top and bottom compared to what is expected for the new device.
The Z5 measures 146 x 72 x 7.3mm, meaning it has a similar footprint to that suggested for the Xperia XR but it is slightly slimmer. The Z5 measures 154g and features Micro-USB.
Sony Xperia XR vs Xperia Z5: Display
The Sony Xperia XR is said to be coming with a 5.1-inch display and a Full HD resolution. This would put its pixel density at 432ppi, which is lower than competitor devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5.
There was talk of Sony introducing a pressure sensitive display for the next Xperia, but those rumours have since died down. We’d love to see a higher resolution for VR, and an edge-to-edge display like the Xperia XA would be welcomed, but leaks suggest neither will be the case.
The Sony Xperia Z5 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, which puts its pixel density at 424ppi. There are a couple of Sony technologies on board, including X Reality, but all-in-all, the Z5 has a pretty standard display with no fancy features.
Sony Xperia XR vs Xperia Z5: Camera
It is thought the Sony Xperia XR will offer the same sensor as the Xperia Z5, X Performance and X smartphones on the rear, which would mean a 23-megapixel resolution.
Leaked images suggest the camera layout will change however, with a dual-LED flash reported to be sitting beneath the camera lens, rather than next to it. The front-facing camera resolution hasn’t been mentioned, though we’d expect 13-megapixels like the X Performance and X smartphones.
Rumours have said the Xperia XR will be capable of 4K video recording from both the front and rear cameras however, meaning we can expect at least an 8-megapixel sensor for the front if this is true.
The Xperia Z5 features a 23-megapixel rear camera, coupled with a 5-megapixel front camera. There is an LED flash, a sensitivity of 12,800 ISO and a wide angle front lens.
Sony Xperia XR vs Xperia Z5: Hardware
According to rumours, the Xperia XR will arrive with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Other hardware specs haven’t been detailed in any plausible rumours, but we would expect to see 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a battery capacity around 3000mAh.
We’d like to see IP65 or IP68 water and dust resistance return, something that was missed off the spec sheet for the X and XA, and we’d like to see USB Type-C, which is expected as we mentioned previously.
The Xperia Z5 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 2900mAh battery. There is microSD support for storage expansion too, which is also something we’d also expect for the new device, and the Z5 is IP68 and IP65 water and dust resistant.
Sony Xperia XR vs Xperia Z5: Software
The Sony Xperia XR will probably launch on Android Marshmallow rather than Android Nougat and it will more than likely feature Sony’s bloatware over the top.
The Sony Xperia Z5 launched on Android Lollipop but it has since been updated to Marshmallow and will probably see an update to Nougat at some point.
We’d expect Sony to announce a couple of new software features with the new flagship as is normally the case, but the experience between these two devices should be pretty similar overall.
Sony Xperia XR vs Xperia Z5: Conclusion
Based on speculation, the next Sony Xperia flagship should improve on theXperia Z5 in terms of performance and hardware, as you would expect from a succeeding device.
The leaks also suggest the design will stay familiar but incorporate more of the Xperia X range, as well as changing things up slightly, but not so much that you wouldn’t recognise it as a Sony smartphone.
For now, everything is speculation, even the name. We will keep this feature updated as we hear more though so keep checking back over the next few weeks. You can read our next Sony Xperia rumour round up for more detail on the rumours and leaks surrounding the Xperia XR.