Sony sends out IFA invites, teases smartphone, speaker and IoT cam

Sony has finally sent out invites for a press conference it will be hosting at IFA early next month, and it's now clear that a smartphone features in the company's launch plans for the event.

The upcoming products that feature in the invite include a smartphone, wireless Bluetooth earbuds, a portable cam, headsets and a camcorder.

As for the upcoming smartphone, thanks to existing leaks, what we already know is that the phone has obtained FCC certification which means that Sony might make it available in the United States soon after it is launched. However, there is no indication on when it will launch in the UK or in mainland Europe.

New Sony Xperia phone looks set for IFA launch after FCC certification

The FCC-certified Xperia phone is code-named Kugo and bears a serial number Sony 14784Z. It received certification for its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities and all that the certification reveals is that it features a 2,700 mAh battery.

Back in July, images of an upcoming Xperia phone code-named F8331 surfaced on GSM Arena and revealed a larger display than the X Performance. The site also claimed that both front and back cameras in the phone will be able to capture videos in 4K resolution. The leaked images betrayed a metallic back in the yet-to-be-launched phone instead of glass and the presence of a uniquely-placed Dual LED flash just below the rear camera slot.

A day before the images were leaked, a tech website named Yibada claimed that as per GFXBench, the new Xperia flagship phone will feature a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 5.1-inch Full HD display, 32GB of internal storage and a 23-megapixel rear camera. Sony has routinely launched two or more variants of the same device with varied specifications, so it is possible that the company may launch either a phablet-sized variant or a sub-5-inch display variant of the phone with different set of specifications and price points.

Leaked! Images of Sony's next Xperia phone

The devices leaked in Sony's IFA invite doesn't include a smartwatch from which we can infer that the company may not have any plans to launch one until next year. Sony has long moved out of the list of top ten global smartphone sellers and despite replacing its pricey Z-series phones with X-series phones earlier this year, the Sony Mobile's fortunes have not really turned around. As such, the company may not invest in premium phones like the Xperia Z5 Premium anymore and the upcoming smartphone could be a mid-range competitor to the likes of iPhone SE, OnePlus 3, Samsung Galaxy J7 or Honor 5X once it is launched.

Sony's press conference at IFA in Berlin will take place at 1PM on 1st September. Stay tuned for more updates on Sony's upcoming products before and during the launch event.

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