Firstly, talking about Sony’s upcoming flagship smartphone Xperia 5 IV, which is likely to be announced and released in the fall, is the center of attention. [ICYMI: Sony Android 13 update roadmap leaked alongside Xperia 5 IV]
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Meanwhile, the latest rumor puts light on some interesting information about Sony’s foldable Xperia. As for the contents, Sony is considering developing Xperia F, a flip type (vertical opening type) foldable smartphone.
Existing foldable phones can be roughly divided into two types: one is the side-opening type found in Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Xiaomi Mix 2, while the other is flip types such as Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Moto Razr 2022.
Certainly, Sony, which is particular about the 21: 9 landscape (vertical) display, does not have much merit in developing a horizontally opening type foldable that is close to a square when opened.
So if the company develops a foldable If you want to unfold it, it makes sense that it is a vertical opening type. Since the report cited, “development is under consideration”, it means that this tentative name “Xperia F” has not even started development yet.
Manufacturers currently developing foldable smartphones include Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. And Google is also developing a Pixel foldable (rumored to be called the Pixel Note), which is said to be released next year.
On the other hand, information that Sony is developing a foldable Xperia has recently disappeared, even at the rumor level. Therefore, I think it would be better to be very skeptical about this information, but it is said that foldable will gradually become the mainstream of smartphones in the future.
In that case, the development of a foldable should be an unavoidable path for smartphone manufacturers, and apart from the truth of this information, Sony will eventually need to develop and release the tentative name “Xperia F”.