Sony’s struggling smartphone division has been working really hard to reinvent the wheel and get back on their footing. That started with the Sony Xperia 1, earlier this year, which was the first flagship device with a cinematic 4K 21:9 display. If that wasn’t enough, Sony now wants to bring a 5K display to smartphones with the Sony Xperia 1R.
The Sony Xperia 1 was a much-needed palate cleanser that hoped to undo the rather disappointing perception that the previous phones had, and aimed to bring the best cinematic viewing experience on a smartphone with an extra-tall 21:9 display. A taller display helps during media consumption such as watching movies without letterboxing, offers more vertical real estate during scrolling and more immersive gaming experience without making the phone unwieldy. While it did succeed at that for the most part, it wasn’t a great all-rounder and lacked in aspects such as camera consistency and battery life.
But it was still one of the most exciting devices from Sony’s camp in years. Now, with that added feedback, Sony is trying to double down on what went right and improving on it. The upcoming Sony Xperia 1R could be the first smartphone to sport a display with a 5K resolution. For the spec junkies, this will be an OLED display with an aspect ratio of 21:9 at a resolution of 5040 x 2160 in the range of around 6.5-inches. This will end up being the most pixel-dense display on a smartphone by a fair margin.
The information surfaced when the user-agent profile for the device leaked, courtesy of Japanese SumahoInfo. The leak doesn’t reveal other specifications as such but we can expect this to be a high-end flagship with an extremely powerful processor to push all those pixels. The most likely candidate is the Snapdragon 855 or the 855 Plus with loads of RAM.
It’s likely to be an incremental upgrade to the the Sony Xperia 1, justifying the 1R moniker instead of the Xperia 2. Sony has often held major announcements at IFA in Berlin, and is the most probable destination for the phone to become official. IFA 2019 is scheduled for the second week of September, and more information should surface closer to the launch date.