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Sony to Announce the New Xperia XR During IFA 2016

IFA is coming, and one company that’s known for its longtime presence at the German trade show is Sony. The invitation that Sony sent out to the press for its September 1 IFA event points to a wide range of consumer electronics. Everything from smartphones, to consumer audio, VR, and of course, TV sets will be on display, and we can expect several new products across these categories.

Last we heard, Sony had a new Xperia handset in the works rumored to be the Sony Xperia XR, so it is possible that the handset could be announced then. The device, which is believed to have the F8331 code number, leaked in several hands-on pictures, and a set of CAD renderings shared by @Onleaks appears to be depicting the same device. For now, we don’t know much about Xperia XR’s specs, but there’s a very good chance Sony CEO Kaz Hirai will clear the mystery on September 1.

Word is that the Xperia XR could come with Snapdragon 820, coupled with Adreno 530 graphics processing unit and 3GB of RAM. In addition, the smartphone could have 32GB of internal memory with the option to expand using a microSD card. Aside from this, rear camera capacity is said to reach 21MP, and a 12MP unit will be incorporated on the front. The device will feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, will measure 146.4 x 71.9 x 8.1mm, and will sport a 5.1-inch display with 1080p resolution. All of these specs are uncertain at this point, but if the rumors are to be believed, we will also get a glimpse of the smartphone during its unveiling at IFA Berlin. Sony’s press conference begins on September 1, at 1 PM CET.

The picture reveals some of the devices that Sony intends to showcase, including a TV, a PlayStation VR, Bluetooth headset, and a smartphone, namely the Xperia XR. The teaser image also depicts other gadgets that could be presented during the press conference.

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