According to various sources, Sony’s next-gen Xperia flagship phones will be the industry’s first to include built-in Bluetooth LE Audio support. Although the Android 13 system supports Bluetooth LE Audio directly, the Pixel 7 series does not. The Xperia 1 IV and Xperia 5 IV will be the first to receive Bluetooth LE Audio support via software update. When both the Xperia 1 V and the Xperia 5 V support Bluetooth LE Audio, they can use the Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3). LC3 supports dynamic audio scaling, similar to aptX Adaptive.
Bluetooth LE Audio and LC3 should use less power in theory. They also have a longer range than other common Bluetooth techs and have lower latency. The Bluetooth LE Audio codec is a lossy codec. As a result, Bluetooth LE Audio does not fully support Deezer HiFi or Tidal for music streaming. Currently, hardly any audio products enable Bluetooth LE Audio. At the moment, Samsung has stated that the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will support the technology. Furthermore, OnePlus has stated that the Buds Pro 2 will follow.
Sony will launch at least 5 Xperia models this year – to switch to an under-screen fingerprint sensor
Sony is covertly creating new mobile phone models, with at least five phones in the works. According to reports from SumahoDigest, a Japanese website that frequently leaks info about Sony products, some new devices from Sony are on their way. According to the source, Sony will introduce no less than five Xperia variants this year. Among the models are
- Xperia PRO-II
- Xperia 10V
- Xperia Ace IV
- Xperia 1V
- Xperia 5V
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset will power three of the models, which are expected to be the Xperia PRO-II, Xperia 1 V, and Xperia 5 V. The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chip will be used in one of the versions, most likely a small-screen device (Sony Ace IV). There will also be an Xperia 10 V variant, which will employ the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 CPU.
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According to the source, the Ace model, which is currently only accessible in Sony’s home nation of Japan, will be offered in global markets as well. This should be good news for Android users looking for an alternative to Apple’s iPhone mini. The Sony Xperia 1 V, 5 V, and 10 V will remain in their current release pattern. This means the Sony Xperia 1 V and 10 V will be released in May, while the 5V will be released in September.
According to the report, Sony is now ready to forsake hardware fingerprint recognition in favour of on-screen fingerprint recognition. Other specs include a 1-inch camera sensor, a strong speaker system, and a new design for the Sony Xperia 1 V and 5V. More rumours are likely to emerge in the coming months.
Sony Xperia 1 IV and 5 IV push Android 13 update
Sony has revealed that the Chinese versions of the Xperia 1 IV and Xperia 5 IV have begun receiving Android 13 updates. The update version number 64.1.F.0.44″ is for the Xperia 1 IV while “64.1.F.0.44” is for the Xperia 5 IV model.
The Android 13 major version update will bring a number of feature improvements, including:
- System｜The operating system is upgraded to Andriod 13
- System｜Optimize the memory management algorithm under high load
- System｜Support custom theme colour
- System｜New user interface, improved display and operation mode
- System｜The wireless connection icon no longer displays the generation of the connected WiFi (the function support of WiFi6 remains unchanged)
- Communication｜Supports 5GVoNR calls of operators in mainland China (China Mobile, China Unicom, Telecom, Radio and Television), and can maintain 5G network connections during calls
- Audio | Added support for Bluetooth Low Energy Audio technology (Bluetooth LE Audio 1.0)
- Audio | Added support for aptX Lossless
Also, this update includes certain detail upgrades, such as support for pressing fingerprints to unlock and prevent stray touches in pockets. In the future, Sony Xperia PRO-I, Xperia 1 III, Xperia 5 III, and other models will receive Android 13 updates.