Per the latest rumor allegedly originating from a sales rep, Sony will look to release its next flagship earlier in 2024 – at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February. This would make the announcement a good three months earlier than the Xperia 1 V’s (and that phone launched even later at the end of July).
So if true, that means that the Xperia 1 VI will be on time to contend with the major Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 pioneer phones like the Galaxy S24 Ultra and the Xiaomi 14 Pro.
The other part of the rumor claims that the Xperia 1 VI will have a 6x zoom camera with a large sensor. That would approximate the zoom to around 140mm – a notch above the current crop of 125mm-slash-5x zooms out there. The camera will also have Sony’s Clear Image Zoom capabilities.
Finally, the Xperia 1 VI will continue in Sony’s tradition to ship in a sustainable package, which is to say recycled materials and no accessories.