What does Sony have in store for MWC 2017?
Sony has confirmed it will be revealing new smartphones within the next few weeks.
The company has sent out official invites for a press conference at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona on Monday 27th February.
And with Samsung apparently choosing not to launch a new device at this year’s show, MWC 2017 could be Sony’s time to shine.
The invite gives little away, but it's clear Sony has something big in store for MWC 2017
There’s no concrete details in the invite of exactly what will be launched at the event, but reports have claimed that the latest generation of Sony’s Xperia flagship could well be taking a starring role.
The rumoured Sony Xperia X2 would be the company’s next-generation high-end smartphone, and arrives a year after the initial Xperia X device was revealed back at MWC 2016.
Reports have claimed that the Xperia X2 will sport either a 5in or 5.2in full HD displays, with some sources even claiming a 5.5-inch 4K display.
It should also be the first Sony smartphone to come running Android Nougat out of the box, possibly even the latest 7.1 version of Google’s mobile software.
What’s more likely is that Sony will be launching two new mid-range Xperia handsets, as the company looks to compete with the likes of other Android rivals such as Samsung and LG.
Samsung is not expected to launch any new devices at MWC 2017, so it may be an ideal time for its competitors to strike back.
LG is also set to reveal a new flagship at the show, thought to be the new G6 device, marking the company’s most advanced launch yet.
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Sony’s last flagship, the Xperia XZ, was launched back at the IFA show in Germany back in September, marking the most powerful Android device from the company so far.
The handset’s stand-out feature was a huge 23MP rear camera that features some of the company’s most advanced camera tools yet.
This includes new triple image sensing technology that allows you to take blur-free photos, even if people are moving or running through your view, with the camera app itself able to launch in just 0.6 seconds, meaning you'll hopefully never miss a shot.
The phone will also learn its user's habits and adapt accordingly, for example automatically creating extra storage space if you're nearing capacity, and monitoring battery usage to ensure you never run out of power at a crucial time.