For us, regular folks, 2013 hasn’t come to its conclusion yet, while for smartphone manufacturers 2014 has begun months ago. Why is that? you ask. Well, every major player out there is currently putting the finishing touches on its upcoming flagship device. Samsung is busy with the Galaxy S5, HTC One’s sequel has popped up more than once, but what about Sony’s plans?
Sure, the international version of the Xperia Z1 Mini (aka Z1S) might get unveiled as soon as January 3rd, but this is neither a flagship (essentially a downsized Z1) or even a new device – it has seen the light of day a while back, in Japan, as the Xperia Z1 f. However, rest assured, Sony is definitely brewing something, and if we’re to believe the latest rumor, it has not one but two flaghips prepared for the first half of 2014.
According to the folks at Digi-Wo, a site who has an extensive history of Sony-related leaks and rumors, the manufacturer in question will first release a flagship device codenamed Sirius (which is likely going to be announced during CES 2014), and then, in May, another smartphone currently going by the codename of Canopus.
As far as hardware specs go, the source claims that Sirius will pack a 5.2-inch display and a Snapdragon 800 SoC (we’re hoping for the powerful 8974-AC version). On the other hand, the Canopus will allegedly feature a 5-inch display, a Snapdragon 800 or 805 SoC, and will apparently have “no mobile version”.
The way we see it, there are two possibilities (if the rumor is true): either the Canopus will have a higher res display than the Sirius and will feature a Snapdragon 805, or it will be some sort of localized version of the Sirius. Strengthening the second theory is the fact that the source mentiones that Canopus will have “no mobile version”, which probably means will lack 3G connectivity. Also, for those of you with an interest in astronomy, Sirius is the most brightest star in the night sky, twice as bright as Canopus (which is the second brightest star).
So, what do you think? How accurate do you think this rumor is? What hardware configuration would you expect from Sirius and Canopus?