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Sony Xperia 5 with a punch-hole camera to launch at MWC 2020

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Sony’s upcoming smartphone mostly Xperia 5 will get a punch-hole camera that is placed in the center and most likely to launch at the MWC 2020 event.

It is expected that the new mobile phones will again have a 21: 9 screen ratio. However, Sony has come up with a new solution for the selfie camera. The Xperia 1 and Xperia 10/10 Plus were released at the beginning of 2019. Halfway through the year, the compact but high-end Xperia 5 was unveiled at IFA 2019.

With all these models, the screen edges were reduced, although Sony still opted for a small bezel on top to integrate the camera system. Sony has therefore ignored the controversial notch. However, this raises the question; what will Sony choose in 2020? Will it be the Sony Xperia 5?

Sony Xperia 5 smartphone with a punch-hole camera in the middle of screen

A recently published patent appears to provide clarity. In March 2019, Sony Corporation applied for a design patent in its home country of Japan for a new graphical user interface. The patent was published in the WIPO Global Design Database on December 19, 2019.

There are two color renders included from a smartphone on which the user interface is shown. It can also be deduced from the images what the form factor will be for this new model. The bezel remains on the underside. At the top, however, the frame border has almost disappeared. This is so narrow that there will be no more room for the camera system.

It looks like the Sony Xperia 2020 models will have a punch-hole camera. Status icons are displayed on both the top left and right sides. It is therefore obvious that Sony opts for a camera hole that is placed in the center. This gives the new Sony smartphones the same kind of camera system as the top models from Samsung, think of the Galaxy Note 10 and the expected Galaxy S11.

Naturally, we have compared the size of the device and the screen ratio with the current Sony flagship devices. In terms of design, the patented smartphone is identical to the Xperia 1, the top model from early 2019. Xperia 5 is a bit more compact.

Now you could think that Sony does not opt ​​for a punch-hole camera, but for a pop-up camera. In this way, a full-screen experience can also be realized. However, water tightness has been an important part of Sony for years. In fact, the 2013 Xperia Z was the world’s first waterproof smartphone, so it seems impossible that the Japanese smartphone manufacturer would prefer a pop-up camera, which would ultimately jeopardize waterproofing.

As a third option, you can think of an under-screen camera. It simply seems to be too early for this advanced technology. Finally, the first smartphone with a camera under the screen must still be introduced. And Sony is not exactly a party that leads the way when it comes to such innovations. By choosing a punch-hole camera, the new devices can go along with this time again.

The multi-window function is shown in the enclosed images. The so-called split-screen option was first introduced on the Xperia 1, which worked via Side Sense. Via the updated interface you can easily select an app icon and determine whether it should be displayed on the upper or lower screen section.

Sony Xperia 5 with punch-hole camera official introduction during MWC 2020

Another striking detail, the image shows ‘Monday, February 25’, this was the introduction date of the current flagship device. Since the patent was filed in March, it is logical that a date has been chosen that is back in time. However, you can assume that this new device will be introduced around the same date.

MWC 2020 will start on 24 February, at this leading trade fair for the telecom sector the new Sony Xperia smartphones will be exhibited. The Japanese smartphone manufacturer usually holds a press conference on the opening day of the show to officially introduce the devices.

Regarding the specs, much is still unknown. The rumor circuit is talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. In addition, it is obvious that this will also be the first Sony 5G smartphone.

It is possible that the successor to the Xperia 10 will also offer 5G support because of a Geekbench test of an Xperia 2020 model that was powered by the Snapdragon 765G chipset recently appeared. This is the first advanced mid-range processor that makes 5G possible.

PlayStation remote play

This chipset should also deliver greatly improved gaming performance. The large 21: 9 display is of course ideal for watching videos and playing games. Moreover, the recent Xperia models are all equipped with PS4 Remote Play, also known as PS4 Remote Play.

By downloading the PlayStation app on your Xperia smartphone and connecting to the WiFi home network, you can play your favorite PlayStation games directly from your smartphone – without the intervention of a TV.

You can even use the PlayStation controller, also called the DualShock 4 controller. The controller can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth in no time, for this, you only need to press the ‘Share’ and ‘PS’ button simultaneously.

Although PlayStation remote play could only be used in combination with Xperia smartphones for a long time, it has also been possible since October this year to download the PlayStation app on other Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

European headquarters back in the Netherlands

For decades, Sony’s European headquarters were located in Badhoevedorp. In 2003 the Japanese manufacturer decided to leave the Netherlands and since then the European headquarters are located in England and partly in Germany (Berlin).

With the uncertainties surrounding the Brexit, the Japanese manufacturer decided at the beginning of this year to return to the Netherlands. At least legally, because a physical move is not planned. The company Sony Europe BV was founded in Amsterdam. The activities of the Benelux are arranged from Hoofddorp.

Incidentally, it is not the first Japanese electronics company that has established itself in the Netherlands due to the ongoing problems in England. Previously, Panasonic announced that it would move to the Netherlands. Also to prevent the possible difficulties associated with the Brexit.


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