Rumor: Xperia Z refresh to pack Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor

by: Chris SmithJune 23, 2013

Xperia Z

A Russian blogger revealed on Twitter that he was able to test a refreshed Sony Xperia Z featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

Eldar Murtazin, famous for his previous Twitter predictions and revelations regarding mobile devices – it’s worth pointing out that he doesn’t have a perfect track record when it comes to rumors and leaks – said that this purported Xperia Z model is “really fast:” thanks to the new processor:

Obviously, we’re advising you to take everything with a grain of salt, since such a device is yet to be confirmed by the company.

The same Murtazin said that the test Xperia Z version also sported an LCD3 screen similar to the one on the HTC One, but that he doesn’t believe the display would be used in the commercial version.

The existing Xperia Z model, the current Sony flagship smartphone, was announced at CES 2013 and released on February 9, beating its main rivals to market by a few good months. The handset packs a 5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and Sony Bravia Engine 2 technology and a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

AnTuTu benchmark

AnTuTu benchmark shows Xperia Z performance compared to the competition.

Sony has scheduled a few new media events for the coming days, on June 25 in Munich and on July 4 in Paris, where it will reportedly unveiled the 6.44-inch Xperia Z Ultra (ZU/Togari) smartphone.

Will the company also release an updated version of the Xperia Z that will better compete against the other Android flagships out there including the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4? Unfortunately we can’t answer the question at this time, but we should have more details for you about Sony’s upcoming mobile plans in the following weeks.

For what it’s worth, we’ll remind you that the Togari is not the only rumored Sony device expected to hit stores in the near future. A 5-inch handset codenamed “Honami” and expected to also be a flagship device is also said to be in the works. Is it possible that the Honami is actually the Xperia Z Murtazin tested? Coincidence or not, the Honami is rumored to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC as well.

  • spade

    Replace bigger battery I’m ON.

    • rodpe

      Yeah ,we already have nice screens and fast phones, battery is the point now.

      • Bone

        Reminds me: replace the screen with a better one, as well as the image processing chip.

        • rodpe

          I said in general, not specifically xperia z.

        • timi oke

          the screen is just fine after the first firmware update. it’s just a shame no website/outlet has re-done their reviews.

  • Sony is making quite a few of the right moves, and if this is true, then this is another good sign. They just need to step up their efforts to get North American carriers on board, so people can get this amazing device on contract.

  • harrold

    couldn’t that be the honami?

  • Drem

    EXACTLY. I was considering to switch from my quite old now (yet still magnificient) Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 to the wonderful Z Tablet but only thing that left me unhappy about such great tablet is its not up-to-date chipset. Samsung proved it won’t release any stunning new Android tablet in 2013, all those Megas/Notes and bland, uninspiring 3.0 line made me disenchanted in Galaxy’s future.
    Hopefully Sony will release updated Tablet Z around the end of 2013. It would be a perfect New Year and Birthday gift for me.

    • Daniel DS

      Why would they release a newer Z tablet only 6 months after the release of the original one? =.=’

      • Drem

        It’s called premium up to now but it’s only matter of time when superior tablets will oust Xperia Tablet Z. Things now becoming outdated even faster than in 6 months, and if Xperia Z phone should get updated version (assuming those rumours are true), why not update the associated tablet? It’s called a progress. At least, in such scenario Sony will lower prices for existing Tablet Z a bit.

    • timi oke

      aw no the really weak S4 Pro! What are we going to do?!?! Haha hilarious how people crave for the 600 despite barely taxing the chips they currently have.

  • Rockwell mellow

    Not really such a big deal, CPU is only a little slower and ram and GPU are the same. With a custom kernel and slight over clocking makes it about equal to snapdragon 60

  • George Av

    But it will still lag like shit.