A short while ago, it was confirmed that Sony is preparing to unveil its upcoming Xperia smartphone on May 11th. It is highly anticipated that the upcoming Xperia product launch event on May 11th will feature the long-awaited Xperia 1 V smartphone. Despite being the subject of a number of leaks over the last few months, information about the device has been scarce.
The Xperia 1 V is expected to have minor improvements and changes in both design and specifications. There is no reliable information yet on any groundbreaking features or specs that the Xperia 1 series is known for.
However, interesting rumors have surfaced regarding a “world’s first” feature that is expected to be included in this high-end model. It is said to be a significant advancement for the brand and something that has never been seen before in a smartphone of this caliber.
According to a prolific tipster with nearly 90,000 followers over Twitter, he heard rumors that Sony’s Xperia 1 V will comply with the IP69K waterproof and dustproof rating. However, it’s unclear whether the Twitter user has insider information or not. It’s possible that the Xperia 1 V may still maintain its usual IP68 rating instead of upgrading to IP69K, but we’ll have to wait for official confirmation from Sony.
Just heard a rumour about Sony's Xperia 1 V having an IP69K rating.— Alvin (@sondesix) April 26, 2023
Lmao… yeah, no.
While the authenticity of the rumors is yet to be confirmed, as the source of the information is unknown, it is interesting to note that there is a Weibo post that could be related.
While the Weibo post does not directly mention any connection to Xperia, this individual has occasionally provided leaked information about unreleased Xperia devices in the past. Therefore, there is a possibility that this information could also be related to the Xperia 1 V. However, since there is no confirmation of the source’s credibility or the accuracy of the information, it should be taken with a grain of salt.
For reference, the waterproofing standard “IP69K” is a protection standard for high-temperature and high-pressure water defined in the German industrial standard DIN40050 PART9. It means that the device can withstand immersion even when exposed to 80°C water at 80-100BAR pressure from a specified nozzle, surpassing the already high waterproofing standard of IPX8.
However, relatively minor Chinese smartphone manufacturers have been releasing IP69K-compliant models for some time now, and models such as the “AGM-G2” are known to have been announced recently.
On the other hand, smartphones that comply with “IP69K” are generally all “tough smartphones” with a quite bulky appearance in the mid-range category. There are no flagships or high-end models available overseas that support this standard, and if the Xperia 1 V does indeed achieve an “IP69K Rating”, it will be the first of its kind among well-known flagships.
However, it seems somewhat unrealistic to achieve a slim design while also being able to withstand high temperatures and water pressure. Although the likelihood of this specification being implemented is quite low, let’s take it with a grain of salt and look forward to it as a possibility.
Xperia 1 V Rumored Features
According to rumors, the upcoming Xperia 1 V smartphone is expected to launch with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, making it possibly the thinnest phone to feature this powerful processor. Additionally, the device is expected to come with a triple camera setup, which could include a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP periscope lens, and a 48MP ultra-wide sensor. These specs suggest that the Xperia 1 V will be a highly capable smartphone with advanced camera capabilities and top-of-the-line performance. However, we will have to wait until its official launch to confirm these details.
Sony has shared a teaser video for its upcoming product launch event that will take place on the second Thursday of May at 1 PM in Japan time (4 AM UTC). The company has also opened reservations for the event’s live stream on its official YouTube channel.