Famed editor of Russian site Mobile-Review, Eldar Murtazin, known to provide accurate leaks in the past, has published some intriguing tweets earlier today regarding a refresh of the Xperia Z.
He claims that he has tested an Xperia Z equipped with Snapdragon 800 chipset and that “it’s really fast”. In a follow-up tweet he says the prototype was using a display similar to the HTC One’s Super LCD 3, but doesn’t believe this display will make it to the commercial model.
Sony Mobile has in the past given a spec bump to its flagship models – both the Xperia arc and Xperia S saw clock speeds increase in the form of the Xperia arc S and Xperia SL respectively. However, we’ve never seen an entirely new chipset being used in a refresh model.
All evidence points to Sony using the new Snapdragon 800 chipset in upcoming models such as the Xperia Z Ultra (Togari) as well as the handset codenamed Honami. Therefore, we don’t doubt Sony may have worked on a possible prototype Xperia Z model with the more powerful chipset, but whether we’ll see this make the light of day remains another question.
Don’t underestimate how much testing it would take for Sony to get an entirely new chipset working on the Xperia Z. This is precisely the reason why Sony has only provided clock speed bumps in previous flagships.
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