When Sony first announced the Xperia XZ Premium in February, it showcased only two color options: Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black. Then in April, the Japanese company announced a third option: Bronze Pink. Now a month later, there are reports that one more color option could be announced soon: bright red.

Red Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Image Source: Weibo (screenshot)

Red is a trend among smartphone makers

The images of Sony’s latest flagship device first surfaced on the popular Chinese social media website Weibo. The post claimed that the new color variant will first be launched domestically, and an unlocked version for the international market will come later. According to Android Headlines, the red color version will be a limited edition device and thus won’t be produced in a large quantity.

One of the leaked images suggests that Japan’s Docomo will sell the red Xperia XZ Premium. Though there is no word on international availability, Sony allegedly “hasn’t ruled out” an international expansion of this new color variant, notes GSMArena.

It does not come as a surprise that Sony would release a red variant of its flagship. It’s been a recent trend among smartphone makers to launch their flagship smartphones in red. Apple offered a limited edition Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. OnePlus did the same with the OnePlus 3T, and Huawei is rumored to be planning to launch its flagship handset, the Mate 9, in Red and Blue hues.

What’s inside the Sony Xperia XZ Premium?

Sony’s flagship in the new color variant comes with a glossy finish and does surely look attractive. Despite the new color variant, the device’s internals are expected to remain identical to those in the previous color variants. Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium is packed with high-end specs.

It sports a 5.5-inch 4K TRILUMINOS display, which is set to FHD by default but can display 4K content if desired. The handset is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, and the graphics are supported by an Adreno 540 GPU. It scored higher than the Galaxy S8+ in single-core tests on Geekbench, but it was slower on multi-core tests. It must be noted that both phones use the same CPU.

It is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Sony has fitted its flagship with a 19-megapixel camera capable of recording slow motion videos at 960fps, which is supported by OIS, an RGB color sensor and a distance sensor, making it one of the most feature-packed cameras ever in a smartphone, notes Android Headlines. The front camera is 13 megapixels. The Xperia XZ Premium comes with a 3,230mAh battery which can be charged via the USB Type-C port.  On the software side, it runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box and has Sony’s own custom UI. Lastly, it has been awarded an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.

Further, there are rumors that Sony is working on a new set of phones which will be unveiled at IFA in September. Sony’s upcoming handsets are the Xperia XZ1 flagship, Xperia X1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. Another phone expected to launch in the near future is the Xperia X Ultra phablet.