Sony may be planning Xperia Z Snapdragon 800 upgrade

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 is finally about to arrive on the smartphone scene. We’ve heard about plans to feature the chip in upcoming phones, but there are also some manufacturers interested in bringing the SoC to existing models as a quick-and-dirty update: Samsung appears to be doing just such a thing for the LTE-Advanced version of the Galaxy S 4. Now we’re wondering if Sony might be thinking along that same line, and could be planning to release a Snapdragon 800 version of the Xperia Z.

Noted tipster Eldar Murtazin got this rumor rolling, after tweeting yesterday about claims of a run-in with just such a phone. Unsurprisingly, he describes the 800-based Z as “really fast.” Even more so that with the GS4, this would be a big upgrade for the Xperia Z, which originally only had an S4.

Murtazin also describes the model he interacted with as having a higher-quality display than we see on the existing Xperia Z, but unlike the 800 chip itself, he’s doubtful that that aspect of the development hardware would make it to a production device.

We’ve yet to hear any suggestions about when Sony might be planning to introduce an 800-based Xperia Z, nor if we’re looking at a new name – maybe something like the Xperia ZS?

Source: Eldar Murtazin (Twitter)
Via: Xperia Blog

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