Sony has been a bit quiet on the smartphone front in recent years, but the company has not completely given up yet. In fact, if you’re a fan of Sony’s hardware, you might be interested to learn that come 2020, Sony could be looking to launch their first 5G smartphone. This is according to a report from AndroPlus who claims to have spotted Sony in the early stages of testing their 2020 smartphone.
According to their findings, the firmware distribution server seems to suggest that the phone will most likely be powered by Qualcomm’s next-gen chipset, the Snapdragon 865. Qualcomm has been rumored to be developing two versions of the Snapdragon 865, with one model supporting 4G LTE, while the other supports 5G.
It is believed that Sony will most likely be adopting the 5G version of the chipset, which makes sense since more handset makers are expected to introduce 5G to their smartphones in the coming years. Unlike most of its competitors, Sony has chosen not to launch a 5G smartphone this year and we can’t say we blame them.
5G networks are still not particularly widespread yet and so it makes sense that some companies are holding back on adopting the technology so quickly. Whether or not this 5G smartphone will help spur sales for the company remains to be seen, but hopefully, we’ll learn more at MWC 2020.