Of all of the major phone manufacturers in the world, Sony are the most unpredictable when it comes to the release of new phones. When you consider Samsung, or indeed Apple, you can correctly guess what phone is coming out and when. Flagships generally follow a fairly neat pattern of annual release.
The lastest phone coming out from Sony, the Xperia XZ1, is an upgrade on last years Xperia XZ, but not an upgrade on the fantastic XZ Premium. The Xperia XZ was a reasonably well received model which replaced Sony incremental Xperia Z1/2/3/4/5 range. If you are currently using an Xperia XZ, then there’s probably not enough on offer to tempt another €500 out of your pocket, but when considered as a stand alone phone, it comes in slightly under the XZ Premium in terms of specs, but at that price it’s almost €150 cheaper then it’s big brother.
In terms of the actual specs of the model, it should ship with a 5.2-inch HDR display, a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 19MP rear camera capable of 960fps slow motion video recording, a 13MP front-facing camera, front-facing stereo speakers and either IP65 or IP68 level dust and water resistance.
How accurate these figures are remains to be seen, but it seems likely that the phone will be announced at IFA 2017 in September, so we don’t have long to wait.