Sony is expected to unveil new terminals in the first quarter of 2017. According to a rumor coming from China, Sony would have chosen to do it not in Barcelona but in Las Vegas with two terminals under Snapdragon 820.

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Sony generally renews its annual catalog in two stages. The first time at the beginning of the year. The second time back to school. That is a period of six months. And the change of strategy of the firm, which now rests on a single range, called Xperia X, did not change this habit.

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In 2016, Sony has introduced two models “flagship” whose positioning was not quite similar: the Xperia X Performance in Barcelona and the Xperia XZ Berlin. If the screen size differs, both terminals work on a virtually identical platform based on the Snapdragon 820.

Two terminals in Las Vegas? 

We can of course regret that the Xperia XZ did not take advantage of the summer update of the catalog Qualcomm on the high-end. In fact, some smartphones released almost jointly (Google Pixel, Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, Xiaomi Mi 5s, LeEco Pro 3) integrated the Snapdragon 821, a quad-core slightly faster than the Snapdragon 820.

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To extend in the coming months, awaiting the arrival of the terminals under Snapdragon 835 (whose first could be the American version of the Galaxy S8). But Sony might not be part of it.

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A rumor from China says the Japanese brand would begin to renew its catalog in the month of January at CES in Las Vegas. And Sony would have planned to unveil two terminals whose screen size reaches 5.2 inches for the first and 5.5 inches for the second.

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Remember that the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ tiles measure 5 and 5.2 inches respectively. So it could be successors, even if it looks very early for the Xperia XZ unveiled less than 6 months ago.

The Snapdragon 820 retained

Other information advanced by the source of this rumor: both terminals would operate on the Snapdragon 820. What seems excessively amazing on the part of Sony which regularly reaffirms offer the best components in its high-end terminals?

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In addition, the Snapdragon 820 is not Daydream certified, which could be an argument against it.

Justification needed?

There are two reasons why we could justify such a choice: not to promote a virtual reality other than the PlayStation VR and to save money on the purchase of the chipset (especially since the difference between Snapdragon 820 and the Snapdragon 821 is observable only by the most sensitive and demanding users). It remains to be seen what he returns exactly.

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Answer in a few weeks- logically.