The Sony Xperia 5 IV is one of this year’s smartphone mysteries, because while we expected such a phone to exist, it didn’t launch alongside the Sony Xperia 1 IV, and the leaks about it were minor. But the best evidence yet for this phone has now emerged — suggesting it could land soon.
GSMArena (opens in new tab) spotted an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) mention (opens in new tab) for a phone that appears to be the Sony Xperia 5 IV. The device is not mentioned by name, but it is a Sony smartphone with the kind of dimensions we would expect.
Specifically, this phone would measure 155.74 x 67.1mm, which would make it slightly smaller than the 157 x 68mm Sony Xperia 5 III.
The phone featured here also has a screen diagonal of 153.5mm, which should translate into a 6.04-inch display, making the display also slightly smaller than its predecessor’s 6.1-inch display.
Broadly speaking, though, this sounds like a very similarly proportioned phone. The FCC listing also mentions wireless charging – which isn’t something the Mark 3 model offers, along with NFC, a 3.5mm headphone port and a USB-C port.
So if this is true, the addition of wireless charging is perhaps one of the most significant upgrades to the Sony Xperia 5 IV, although of course not many specs are included here. We would take all this with a grain of salt anyway, but the information from the FCC is mostly correct.
Analysis: An FCC List Suggests an Imminent Launch
Aside from the supplied specs, the existence of an FCC listing suggests that the Sony Xperia 5 IV could be launched soon as these listings come out fairly quickly before launch, although the exact timing may vary.
Still, we wouldn’t be surprised if that’s why we get to see the Xperia 5 IV officially in a month or so, and that time frame would make sense too, given that the Sony Xperia 5 III didn’t hit the UK market until September 2021, despite an April announcement. Some other regions got it even later, with the US not getting it until January 2022, for example.
So Sony could announce the Xperia 5 IV in September and ship it soon after — at least in some regions. We can’t be sure, but if you’ve been looking for one of the best small phones, you may have a new option soon.