Sony could soon be offering a smaller smartphone that will arguably become the best compact flagship smartphone on the market. The E5663 model number has leaked previously and after a trip to benchmarking applications, GFXBench and GeekBench, the specs for what could be Sony’s next Compact flagship have leaked.
The leak reveals that the Sony E5663 will be equipped with a 4.6-inch 1080p Full HD display and will be powered by an octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 chipset clocked at 1.9GHz. As XperiaBlog point out, this chipset is capable of shooting Full HD video at 480 frames per second and this bodes well for the two cameras on the E5663, which could be Sony’s best mobile snappers yet.
The rear camera is a 20MP camera, which is presumably the same sensor found on past Sony handsets like the Xperia Z3 while the front facing snapper is where Sony has really bumped up the megapixel count. Past Sony handsets have had a 5MP front facing camera or less but the Sony E5663 will have a 13MP front facing snapper, making it one of just a handful of smartphones to have such a large camera on the front.
Interestingly, the model number reveals that this handset is most likely destined for the Indian market and if it is only for India, it’s a shame as this could be the handset that makes Sony exciting again. The Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4 Dual both launched in India with model numbers E2363 and E5363 respectively and the use of the number 63 at the end suggests a handset bound for the growing lucrative Indian market. A handset bearing the same model number also appeared on Indian Import Database website Zauba, which further suggests a launch in India.
The specs of the Sony E5663 suggest a handset that will follow Sony’s Compact philosophy of offering its flagship devices in a smaller size and with the past handset, the Xperia Z3 Compact, only offering a 720p display, the 1080p display on the E5663 could also mean the next true Sony flagship could have a higher than 1080p display for the first time.
Sony has already introduced the Xperia Z3+ (aka the Xperia Z4 for Japan) but a less than positive reaction to the mediocre upgrade has meant we’re expecting to see a true flagship launched later this year around IFA in September. Previous reports have suggested Sony would introduce some handsets exclusively in the Indian market and with no other mention of this handset, it’s possible it will be exclusive for India but we may also be looking at a Compact version of the true flagship. Either way, this is certainly an interesting device and we’ll be on the lookout for further information.