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    August 12, 2016

    Sony’s next flagship – the Xperia XR – is leaked ahead of launch

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    Sony has released six smartphones this year, and now its next flagship, the Xperia XR, has leaked ahead of its formal launch.

    Something we admire about Sony is how orderly its product names are. We’ve had the Xperia Z all the way through to the Xperia Z5 without a break in continuity (more or less), but now that seems to have all gone out the window with the Xperia XR; the company’s newest Android flagship which has leaked ahead of launch.

    As is custom for Sony, we usually tend to get a good look at the firm’s upcoming handsets before they reach the market – the firm often accidentally reveals its handsets through product leaks and lacklustre website management.

    Read: Sony Z5 Compact Review: Dynamite comes in small packages

    The Xperia XR, as noted by OnLeaks, looks decidedly similar to most of the company’s past ventures. The device apparently measures 146.4 x 71.9 x 8.1 mm, which is slightly larger than the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance.

    The device, which would potentially have a 5″ display, is tipped to include USB Type-C support and a dual LED flash. According to rumour, both the phone’s primary and secondary cameras would be capable of shooting 4K video.

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    The device features an interesting compartmented shell; as seen on its rear panel, the Xperia XR offers a small cutout segment towards its bottom chin. At this point, whether this is purely for aesthetics or houses some form of port or accessory is anyone’s guess.

    Sony is set to host a press event at IFA 2016 on the 1st of September, where it will likely show off its latest devices.

    Read: Sony unveils the near bezel-less Xperia XA Ultra

    What are your thoughts on the Xperia XR? Is this a worthwhile contribution to the smartphone market, or are you yearning for Sony to do something different? Be sure to share your opinion in the comments below!

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