Rumor: Xperia Z refresh to pack Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor

June 23, 2013
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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.

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