Sony crushes dreams of an Xperia X Premium

Xperia X UHD? No. Photo: PhoneRadar

Xperia X UHD? No. Photo: PhoneRadar

Dreaming of an Xperia X Premium with a 4K HDR display? Forget it!

Sony has confirmed that it has no plans to launch a Premium version of the new Xperia X, which means the Xperia Z5 Premium isn’t getting a successor anytime soon.

Announced at Mobile World Congress back in February, the new Xperia X series is coming to replace the existing Xperia Z series. Sony still hasn’t provided us with a launch date, but it did tease pre-order offers recently, which suggests it is close.

Sadly, there is no 4K option, but a recent rumor suggests an Xperia X Premium was on the way. Not only was it supposed to have a 4K display, but it was expected to be HDR compatible as well, with a staggering maximum brightness of 1,000 nits.

But just as Sony fans began to dream, the Japanese company piped up and stated there will not be an Xperia X Premium — at least not in the foreseeable future. That means those who own the Xperia Z5 Premium will either have to stick with it, or downgrade to Quad HD.

It might be disappointing news, but it kind of makes sense right now. The Xperia Z5 Premium’s 4K display comes with a lot of limitations — like only working in 4K mode when displaying Ultra HD video — which make the additional battery drain seem even more of a waste.

You can be sure we’ll see more 4K smartphones in the future, though — especially as virtual reality becomes even more popular. The more pixels you have for that, the greater the experience inside a VR headset.