Japan’s Sony is one of the few companies that doesn’t have lots of smartphones. Since they have limited numbers of smartphones, they get major OS upgrades sooner than other smartphone manufacturers. One more reason to get the updates sooner is that Sony plays an active role in Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Furthermore, Sony has a software policy of providing two major OS upgrades per device. Sony doesn’t have a bag full of devices, so there are quite a few devices eligible for Android 11 update. We have made a list of the Sony devices eligible for the update. Sony may launch more devices by the end of the year with Android 10 out of the box. We will update the list from time to time. Let’s discuss the Android 11 status of the devices in-hand.
Update September 13: Tipster Max Weinbach confirms that Sony has started working on the Android 11 for their smartphones. Furthermore, a new leak from Weibo suggests that Xperia 5 II (upcoming), Xperia 1 II, Xperia Pro 5G, Xperia 1 (including PE), Xperia 5, Xperia 10 II, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are eligible for Android 11 update while Xperia Ace, Xperia 8, Xperia 8 Lite and Xperia L4 are in pending status.
List of Sony Xperia phones expected to receive Android 11
- Sony Xperia 1 II
- Sony Xperia 10 II
- Sony Xperia 5
- Sony Xperia 1
- Sony Xperia 10
- Sony Xperia 10 Plus
Sony Xperia 1 II
The Sony Xperia 1 II was launched in May 2020 with Android 10 out of the box. According to two upgrades software policy and considering the fact that it is a flagship device, the Xperia 1 II will be eligible for the Android 11 update and probably for Android 12 as well.
Talking about the device, it is powered by Snapdragon 865 chipset with 8GB of RAM and internal storage of 256GB. It has a quad rear camera of 12MP+12MP+12MP+0.3MP and a selfie camera of 8MP. Under the hood, it has a battery of 4000mAh with support for 21W fast charging and 11W wireless charging, The device is a premium range phone and likely to be priced at Rs. 55,000 if it arrives in India.
Sony Xperia 10 II
The Xperia 10 II came with Android 10 out of the box and was launched in May 2020. As per the software policy, this device may be eligible for Android 11 as well as Android 12 when launches.
The device has a powerful Snapdragon 665 Octa-core processor. For multitasking and smooth game experience, it has a RAM of 4GB and 128GB internal storage and for gaming, it has an Adreno 610 GPU. Furthermore, it has a triple camera of 12MP+8MP+8MP which can record 4K and 1080p videos at 30FPS. Also, it has an 8MP selfie shooter. On top of it, it has a battery juice of 3600mAh with an 18W fast charger. It is a semi-premium smartphone and its price is expected to be around Rs. 28,000.
Sony Xperia 5
Sony Xperia 5 was launched in October 2019 with Android 9 Pie. Later the device got updated to Android 10. According to Sony’s software policy, two major OS upgrades are provided. Since Xperia 5 exhausted its one slot, so it has only last slot left which is why the Xperia 5 may be eligible for the Android 11 update.
The devices rungs on Snapdragon 855 Octa-core processor with Adreno 640 for seamless gaming. For multitasking and storage, it has a RAM of 6GB and 128GB ROM. For pro captures, it has a triple camera setting of 12MP+12MP+12MP and am 8MP front camera. Moreover, it has a not so big battery of 3140mAh with a fast charger brick of 18W. In India, the price of Xperia 5 is likely to be priced at Rs. 62,000 and considering the price, it is a premium smartphone.
Sony Xperia 1
The Xperia 1 is the flagship device launched in May 2019 and came with an Android 9 Pie pre-installed. The device is further upgradable to Android 10. It could be eligible for Android 11 since it has one last major OS upgrade left.
Snapdragon 855 powers the device with 6GB of RAM and an Adreno 640 for smooth multitasking and gaming experience. It has two variants of internal storage viz. 64GB and 128GB. The device has a triple camera setting, all of 12MP but with different features. It has a front camera of 8MP. The battery in this one is a 3330mAh battery with 18W fast charging. Since it’s a flagship device, its price is around Rs. 74,000.
Sony Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus
The Xperia 10 and its Plus version were launched in February 2019, both with Android 9 Pie installed. According to software policy, it has two major OS upgrades which are Android 10 and Android 11. Android 10 update for both the devices are now available, so we can expect second OS update i.e Android 11. But don’t keep your hopes high as both devices fall under the mid-range segment.
Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus were powered by Snapdragon 630 and 636 respectively. The Xperia 10 has two variants viz. 64GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, and its plus variant also have two variants viz. 64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM. Both Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus has a dual rear camera setup, a 13MP+5MP for the first, and the 12MP+8MP for the latter. An 8MP selfie shooter for both the devices. Under the hood, the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus has a battery juice of 2870mAh and 3000mAh. Both come with an 18W fast charger. The price for both the device is around Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 35,000.
The Android 11 stable version was announced in September 2020. So, Sony devices may start receiving the Android 11 update from December 2020 or early 2021. Since most of the Sony flagship devices are updated to Android 10 so they are now more focused on Android 11. Moreover, Sony was elected for the previous year’s Android 10 beta testing program. So this year too Sony may represent their two or three devices to the Android 11 beta testing program.
- Note: The above list is not an official list. So we can’t say for sure until further notice.