Best daily deals
Best daily deals

Links on Android Authority may earn us a commission. Learn more.

Sony "4K X-Reality" display software tipped for the Xperia Z5

The latest leak suggests that Sony's 4K X-Reality upscaling technology could be making its way to a future Xperia Z5 smartphone.
By
August 17, 2015
sony xperia logo

Despite already releasing a flagship smartphone this year, rumors have begun suggesting that Sony is preparing a successor, possibly an entire new Xperia Z5 range. The latest rumor also hints that some of these handsets may be making use of the company’s “4K X-Reality” technology.

Sony’s X-Reality technology is used for content upscaling in the company’s high resolution TV range. The 4K X-Reality PRO software is currently used in Sony’s 4K TV’s to upscale regular HD content.

The details below suggest that Sony has three handsets in the works, possibly a super-sized Xperia Z5+ (S70+), a regular Z5 (S70) and a smaller Z5 Compact (S60). Only the former will apparently feature 4K X-Reality technology and likely a higher resolution display to go with it, while the other two are perhaps limited to 1080p. The listing also makes references to Sony’s Triluminos and Prevision Color technology.

Xperia 4K X Reality

Previous leaks have also hinted at a 5.5-inch Xperia Z5+ smartphone with a massive 4K (2160×3840) display resolution. We also know that a number of panel manufacturers have been showing off 4K panels in the 5.5 and 6-inch ranges and have been moving closer to mass production, so a 4K smartphone is possible, although perhaps rather unnecessary.

Xperia-4K-example

However, this latest rumor does not necessarily mean that Sony will be making the leap to a 4K smartphone.  The company could be using its upscaling technology for a half way resolution, such as QHD. Sony has already released a QHD version of the Xperia Z3+ as the Z4v in the US, but the handset is an exclusive to the Verizon network.

What do you think about the possibility of a 4K smartphone from Sony? Would the company be better off putting this tech into a tablet?

Road to 4K: Do we need it? And who will be first?
Features