The MWC is ongoing in Barcelona where many smartphone makers have announced hardware and future technologies. Aside from folding smartphones from the likes of both Samsung and Huawei, 5G is at the forefront of most of the announcements which was mentioned by Xioami, Oppo, LG, and Huawei.
The report comes from Pocket-lint who spotted the device at both Sony and Qualcomms respective booths. Unfortunately, the 5G models being shown are not reflective of the final hardware intended for consumers and Sony hasnt officially said when itd release a 5G phone.
Adam Marsh, a member of Sonys global communications team, told Pocket-lint that the device is not a commercial product but rather a test device being used for network experience testing. Marsh explained that Sony was testing different versions of the hardware for the purpose of trying to understand [what would happen] if you take an antenna away from a certain place and make it thinner.
The prototype is internally being referred to as the AG-1, according to Marsh. He also explains that [Sony is] massively involved in 5G, just not launching anything commercially just yet. You can see we have a product so in the near-future.
The ‘near-future’ isnt an exact time frame, but it does show that Sony is working to release one as soon as this year. Pocket-lint speculates that Sonys commercially-available 5G smartphone could be unveiled at IFA 2019, which takes place this September. It will likely use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 paired with the X50 5G modem.
We wonder if Sonys 5G phone will be a variant of the newly-unveiled Xperia 1 or if it will be a whole new product. Whatever the case, the prototype also had a thin upper bezel and a 21:9 ratio display but a much thicker lower bezel.