It seems as though Samsung’s recent problems with their foldable phone haven’t swayed other smartphone companies. Sony is now planning to launch its own foldable phone next year.
Chinese mobile phone network CNMO published the news without citing any specific sources. It claims that Sony will launch the folding smartphone next year. The smartphone will appear under the moniker Xperia F, F for foldable.
After Samsung, we might see Huawei, Motorola and Xiaomi’s take on the foldable phone later this year. Huawei was planning to launch the Mate X by July, but we’ll have to wait and see, considering the recent US ban.
Alleged Xperia F
According to the reports, Sony’s foldable phone will come with a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio similar to its Xperia 1 flagship. The phone will fold vertically unlike Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, that had a square aspect ratio.
Sony’s phone will supposedly use Samsung’s OLED flexible screen technology; however, we don’t know if it will offer the same 4K resolution as the Xperia 1. Xperia F is expected to feature 5G technology as well and could be the first phone by Sony to feature 5G, in case they don’t release a 5G-ready version of the Xperia 1.
Sony’s track history in the smartphone industry is quite infamous. Their total loss in the last fiscal year alone was $879 million. Despite this, Kenichiro Yoshida, CEO of Sony, says that they have no plans to stop making smartphones.
Sony [has been] centered on entertainment since our foundation, not daily necessities like refrigerators and washing machines, we see smartphones as hardware for entertainment and a component necessary to make our hardware brand sustainable.
He wants to target the younger generation that no longer watches TV and would rather have a smartphone with them all the time.
According to the reports, we will see the new foldable phone by 2020.