Is Sony prepping a ‘surprise’ for MWC 2018?

by XB on 23rd February 2018

in Rumours

By now we know that Sony will release the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at next week’s MWC 2018 press conference. However, we also know that Sony was working on a 4K device, which we assumed was either postponed to later in the year, or canned altogether.

Sony Mobile’s South Africa social media channels earlier today hinted about a ‘surprise launch’ at MWC’s event next week. Another post talked about “showcasing three amazing new Xperia, as well launching a surprise!” These posts have since been deleted. The picture in one of the posts show the Xperia XA2 models and L2, so it’s difficult to really know what Sony really meant. If anything new is announced, outside of the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, we’ll keep you posted.

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  • Kostadin Vargulev

    Well just have to wait and see. The last pic does seem an awesome render, but usually are quite different. Time will tell i guess, and not long now

  • azzido

    Release the Kraken!!!

  • KarFar

    3 possibilities:
    1) Could be Pro/Premium but we will have to wait till june or so to be available
    2) It’s a midrange (could have 18:9 screen)
    3) It’s just a mistake by Sony SA.. no 3rd device…

  • Skipper

    Jimmy Hoffa alive

  • dragonsneeze

    Looks like XA2 Ultra to me

  • Meowster

    What if the surprise that sony meant is just xz2 and xz2c?and the three new xperia models are the L2 and XAs?

  • Carl Key

    The surprise will be collections of colourful and expensive dongles and adapters for your earbuds with jack. You can buy several to combine with your XZ2 phones and cases… Sony fashion and innovation!

  • Juan Carlos

    C’mon!! release the new era of smartphones!! can’t wait to see XZ2!!

  • Showcase 3 new models: L2, XA2, XA2 Ultra
    Surprise (something new): Z2 line

  • skrug

    says 3 amazing *new* xperia models

  • Meowster

    Well you can say that they are new models actually, besides, the teaser says showcasing 3 Xperias, with the XAs and L2 picture below it, and not launching 3 new xperia.I really do hope they surprise us and introduce a premium also, but i doubt it.

  • skrug

    well, “A” surprise cant be XZ2 and XZ2C, that would be 2 surprises no? lol

  • Meowster

    Damn you’re right lol.sigh mwc can’t come soon enough, i really wish they have something amazing to show

  • skrug

    I hope the leak is a troll by Sony, lol. If not, I hope the Pro will surprise us all.

  • Meowster

    Haha that would be hilarious, fingers crossed for the pro!!

  • Moisés

    I cant see where screen begins, looks like 100% of front.

  • Moisés

    Another device not released yet has FCC ID.
    The one Sony cancelled certification and certified again.

  • Moisés

    Three phones have been certified, this does not include XA2 duo nor L2.

    XZ2 is the H82xx, XZ2c is H83xx. But what about H81xx?
    Acconding to FCC documentes the 3 devices have size of 13.5cm, 14.8cm and 15.28cm.
    Last year G81 was the Premium.

    This could be the surprise… I hope.

  • Thariq Mohammed

    Surprise might be the 10th anniversary Xperia unit other than the XZ2 series.

  • Ryan

    Hype is real boys !! Surprise incoming !! Dont disappoint us now plzzz !!!

  • DBS

    The only good surprise would be them saying “Remember all those leaks you saw? Surprise! They’re all fake! We would never release such badly designed phones with such stupid decisions”.

    But that’s wishful thinking.

  • Alvin

    Oh please be great. I hope the new premium just come to MWC instead of IFA

  • comme des garcons

    It’s a teaser and 100% is impossible

  • comme des garcons

    I’m so disappointed by XZ2’s round design which makes it look dated and crappy. But I still have some hope with the teaser pic on the right. It’s really a good surprise by Sony. Overshadow S9!!

  • Phil Gym

    So this could be the NEW “MIRAI” design. Exciting or disappointing? It’s gonna be interesting to see anyways

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    So is it me or is it a mistake? That it meant 4K HDR recording?? *scratch-head*

  • Phil Gym

    You could upgrade from S7

  • Vinny Conforto
  • Vinny Conforto

    what’s kraken?

  • Ther9reatSkull

    Maybe face unlocking support? I remember you posted an article about it months ago confirming that Sony is working on face unlocking.

  • skrug

    pretty sure it’s just an edited (removed all details) xa1 plus

  • skrug

    says 3 new models + a launch surprise… hmmm

  • DBS

    There’s no phone on the market good enough for me to replace the S7 with.
    And from all the OEMs at MWC, Sony sure as hell isn’t anywhere near delivering it.

  • Geralt

    Sony in 2012 flooded the market with So many models of Xperia to choose from. Back then it proved to be a bad decision, so it will now. But if they can execute it properly it will actually prove to be profitable. They should again flood the market with different Xperia models with different designs. But produce them in ultra limited quantity and only produce more when they empty up the stock. This will fulfill every ones little requirements.

  • Geralt

    Release the Kraken is a command used by the Captain of pirate ships. The elite Pirates used to capture a giant mythical creature which was like an enormous form of Octopus which when released destroyed all the enemy ships.

    He’s making that reference for Sony to release a device that will f–king destroy every other smartphone

  • MrWalker1000

    xz1/xzp might be the last good sony phones

  • Kornyik István
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  • Yahya AlJamal

    Sony Mobile needs change in the management

  • Me

    Yeah it looks like XA1.

  • RockStar2005

    No. The XZ2 will have 4K HDR RECORDING I’m sure, but it’s the XZ2 Pro that I’M waiting for that will have the 4K HDR SCREEN!! lol The XZ2 will have a 1080p screen from what I’ve gathered.

  • Night Guy

    3 models + a surprise= 4 models in total?

  • Ryan

    Sony Mobile’s South Africa has put up the 2nd picture again …. on their twitter account

  • Emil Oskarsson

    The Galaxy s7 is pure crap compared to my xz premium xD and I didn’t find the camera to be better or worse so :)

  • Tann

    A Kraken without headphone jack….will turn out to be a Ken. And me dont wanna play with Mattel dolls.

  • Alvin

    Your comment made my day :D

  • It would be uncomfortable in the hand to use the loop design for something so big

  • Muhammad Ibrar

    There was and never will be a compact in mwc
    Its x2

  • Ab No

    guess “surprise” is related to improved slow motion

  • It can also turn out to be Ken Masters from Street Fighter. And me want to play with Ken – Shoryuken!

  • Anonymous01

    Well The Kraken, is a offspring of titans Oceanus and Ceto under Greek Mythology, is a sea monster of tremendous size and strength. It was born from both entities of the sea. Its tentacles are large enough to be able to pull entire ships under the water and destroy cities with relative ease.

  • karam abi karam

    I think the surprise is the wireless charging.
    Nothing new like old story.
    Back fingerprint is like others phone why you change your fingerprint to the back sony.
    Hope to have a pro version with dual cam one 23 and one 19 with f 1.5

  • Moisés

    It cant have more than 32MP on back and 32MP.
    Number of camera MP and screen resolution depends on the CPU the phone uses.

    SD845 lets 32MP, not more..

    19 + 12 is possible.

  • jonathan
  • PoweredBySony

    Maybe this is the Pro/Premium one. I’d buy this

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Aha I guess it’s like this Hybrid Log Gamma or maybe qualcomm’s 4K HDR recording. Yea let’s find out about XZ2 Pro, 4K HRD OLED one :D. But with the new aspect ratio all it’s a weird resolution.

  • bikash


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  • jonathan
  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    its a meme from clash of the titans movie

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    Release the Hype Engine

  • DBS

    Ahahahahahahah keep trying to convince yourself of thatt

    The S7 wipes the floor with the XZ line.

  • Alex Norris
  • el_sur

    The showcasing of thhree new models refer to L2 XA2, and XA2ultra, the launch surprise refers to xz2 line. Don’t hold your breath guys

  • Nogarder

    Xz2 c, xz2, xz pro and surprese xperia play 2

  • Nogarder

    Or xperia play 2?

  • Steve

    XZ2 Pro? in june, like xz premium

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Tested the Galaxy s7 edge for two weeks instead of my xz premium, even my Xperia z felt faster and more reliable than the Galaxy s7 edge xD

  • monoke

    I hope it’s exact same design like XZ premium but the front being totally bezel-less. That’s all have ro do really . That design is perfect . Don’t do none of this silly round back business.

  • DBS

    Was the phone even yours? Also, I have the XZ1C and while it may do things a tiny bit faster due to the more recent processor…well, I rather have a phone that does more than one that is faster but incapable of basic things like taking a decent photo ;P The S7 (can’t speak for the Edge) does everything better than the XZ1C.

  • RockStar2005

    I’m sure it will be Sony’s tech not Qualcomm’s. Well pretty sure. lol

    Yes can’t wait!!!

  • Phil Gym

    I don’t think so

  • Phil Gym

    I hope so, with a better design

  • ymytbb .

    Are they planning to launch another surprising “looking” device other than disappointing looking XZ2 and XZ2C?

  • ymytbb .

    I hope

  • ymytbb .

    How do you know?

  • John ford

    I hope this turns out to be true. I don’t like the round back of xz2

  • azzido

    Google it buddy.

  • Nogarder

    Surprise ? Xperia VR

  • Sony marcos.

    Basura de móvil

  • roeshak

    Can’t read much into that Twitter post. Even a 4k device wouldn’t be surprise. It would be routine if anything. They may very well showcase the 4k variant and then release it later in the year. To be honest, does anyone still believe having a 4k is a an advantage? Sony isn’t pushing VR through mobile so the benefits of such a resolution on a smartphone are dubious at best. The main things for Sony to improve on are design and camera. Releasing devices with an up to date design and a camera that can compete with the best should be the priority. Not a 4k display which for the most part would be meaningless. Heck I have a 2k device which I run at 1080 because I can’t see any material difference.

  • Jaissal S

    Would be nice to see a new smart watch. The XZ2 is growing on me though. Want to upgrade my Z5. Still such a great phone, despite the headphone jack issue.

  • Ant Morgan

    Hmmmm – I wonder if the one on the right will be bringing some of Sony TV’s Acoustic Surface tech to the game – the screen is the speaker??? They have borrowed from the Bravia line before with the image processing and 4k so I wouldn’t rule it out.

  • yopo

    Sorry for you guys
    I have a Sony Xperia XZ P, my bestfriend S8 and s7, and other friend has a haweii P10 or something like that, and the winner on pictures is haweii

  • Warren Chang

    why would they try to compete with their own sony playstation vr which is the most successfully VR at the moment at 2 million, compared to htc vive and oculus rift with only less than 500k each

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