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Alleged Sony Xperia XZ4 Variants Gets Certified By EEC, Launch Seems Near

On: December 17, 2018

A few new Sony smartphones have been spotted on EEC’s certification site, indicating that they might be making their way to market soon. The upcoming smartphones in question bear the model number I4113, I4213 and I4312. Other than this, the EEC listing doesn’t provide any other information. However, leaks in the past have already revealed a few aspects of Sony’s upcoming I4113 smartphone. If our guess is right, these new smartphones could be part of the Sony Xperia XA or XZ lineup. Specifically. We could be looking at either the Xperia XA3 or the Xperia XZ4.

To understand more about the new smartphones, we can take a look at Sony’s naming convention. The “I” at the beginning of these model numbers likely denotes smartphones to be released in 2019 considering 2018’s Xperia handsets had model numbers as H13xxx / H14xxx. The 4xxx usually stands for midrange smartphones that offer dual-SIM configurations. The next digit is known to represent the size of the smartphone, with the last two indicating regional variants. However, do keep in mind that this is based on Sony’s naming rules previously seen with 2018 handsets. The company might not follow the exact same rules this year.

Regardless, Sony’s smartphone with the model number I4113 has been spotted in a UAProf leak in the past. This leak had suggested the smartphone will run Android 8.0 Oreo. It also unveiled that the phone will come with a Full HD resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Such an aspect ratio is something that is being expected with the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact thanks to unofficial renders we obtained earlier this month.

Then again, UAProf listings cannot be taken as definitive since they have been known to change before the device officially launches. For example, a UNProf leak of the Sony Xperia XZ3 had initially disclosed that the phone would come with Android 8.0 Oreo along with a 1080 x 2160 resolution display. However, this was later changed to Android 9.0 Oreo and a display resolution of 1440 x 2880.

With MWC 2019 just a few months away, the wait won’t be long for whichever smartphone Sony decided to unveil next year.

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