(Pocket-lint) – Sony typically announces its latest crop of Xperia smartphones at MWC Barcelona in late February. But, thanks to the pandemic, the company is going with a virtual standalone event this spring, where it will likely announce its next 5G Xperia flagship: the Xperia 1 III 5G.
When is the Sony Xperia event?
The Japanese brand will hold an online-only press conference on Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 12:30am PDT. Here are the different local times:
- London: 8:30am BST
- Paris/Berlin/Amsterdam/Madrid: 9:30am CEST
- New York: 3:30am EDT
- San Francisco: 12:30am PDT
- Tokyo: 4:30pm JST
How can you watch the Sony Xperia event?
Sony has confirmed it will host a stream for the event via the Sony Xperia YouTube account. We will embed the video at the top of this page.
What to expect from the Sony Experia event
Sony hasn’t confirmed which devices it will unveil, but it’ll likely announce the Xperia 1 III 5G. The next-generation Android flagship is poised to succeed the Xperia 1 II. It’s expected to feature a periscope camera, a 6.5-inch 120Hz display, Snapdragon 888 chip, at least 256GB of internal storage, a headphone jack, a dedicated shutter button, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
As for how much it’ll cost, last year’s model cost $1,199 in the US, so we expect a similar price for the 2021 update. Sony usually launches its phones long after unveiling them, so a summer release is likely. In addition to the Xperia 1 III 5G, Sony might unveil the mid-range Xperia 10 III.
Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Chris Hall.