The Sony Xperia 5 IV is one of this year’s smartphone mysteries, as while we would have expected such a phone to exist, it didn’t launch alongside the Sony Xperia 1 IV and leaks about it have been sparse. But the best evidence yet for this phone has come out now – and it suggests it might land soon.
GSMArena (opens in new tab) located an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) listing (opens in new tab) for a phone that appears to be the Sony Xperia 5 IV. The device isn’t mentioned by name, but it’s a Sony smartphone with the kind of dimensions we’ve come to expect.
Specifically, this phone is said to be 155.74 x 67.1mm, which would make it marginally smaller than the 157 x 68mm Sony Xperia 5 III.
The phone listed here also has a screen diagonal of 153.5mm, which should translate to a 6.04-inch display, making the screen slightly smaller than the 6.1-inch display on its predecessor.
Overall though, this sounds like a phone of very similar proportions. The FCC listing also mentions wireless charging – which isn’t something the Mark 3 model offers, along with NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port.
So if that’s what it takes, the addition of wireless charging could be one of the major upgrades for the Sony Xperia 5 IV, although of course not many specs are included here. We’d take all of this with a pinch of salt anyway, but the information held by the FCC is generally accurate.
Analysis: An FCC listing hints at an imminent release
Aside from the included specs, the very existence of an FCC listing suggests that the Sony Xperia 5 IV could be releasing soon, as those listings tend to come just before launch – although the exact timing may vary.
Still, we wouldn’t be surprised if we officially see the Xperia 5 IV next month, and that timeframe would also make sense as the Sony Xperia 5 III only went on sale in the UK in September 2021, despite an April announcement. A few other regions succeeded even later, with the US, for example, not seeing until January 2022.
So Sony might announce the Xperia 5 IV in September and ship it shortly afterward – at least in some regions. We can’t be sure about that, but if you’re looking for one of the best small phones, you might soon have a new option.