New Android phone spotted online – Sony or phoney?

Will it be worth your time?

A photo of the Sony Xperia 1 V
(Image credit: Basil Kronfli)

They might not be the most popular but I have a confession to make readers. I love a good Sony phone. I don't know if it's because I grew up with them, or because they are one of the few big names to still regularly include a headphone jack on their phones, but I think they make some of the best Android phones on the market. 

When I first heard then that the company had registered a new device with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) I was pretty excited. Spotted on the regulator's website is a device catchily codenamed PY7-75946U. The PY7 indicates Sony, while the '75946U' would seemingly be the model number (which would likely change when released). 

But before you go and dream of bringing back the classic Walkman in modern style, this might not be a phone that's worthy of competing with the rest of the market. You see, details on the listing are pretty scant, but one thing we do have a hint is that it looks like the phone will be LTE compatible only. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a type of connection commonly associated with 4G and not the more up-to-date 5G. That hardly suggests that this is going to be a Samsung Galaxy S24 killer.  

A photo of the Sony Xperia 1 V

(Image credit: Basil Kronfli)

In all likelihood, this is probably a Japan-only model that won't see the light of day in the West, but I will keep hoping for a successor to the Sony Xperia 1 V and the Sony Xperia 5 V which is a rare smaller phone in today's world. 

If this phone never sees the light of day, I won't truly be as upset as if Sony doesn't produce a PS5 Pro this year. We had a new 'Slim' model last Christmas, but I'd love an edition with improved gaming performance. Fingers crossed! 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.