Rumours were gathering pace that Sony is gearing up to release a new version of its smaller-format flagship device: the Xperia 5 IV.

But at a launch event in May, the Japanese giant only unveiled the Xperia 1 IV and Xperia 10 IV, with no mention of a new 5 series device. 

We really like the Xperia 5 phones, which take many design and feature cues from the 1 series but shrinks the size of the phone down to something more manageable in the hand, even if they aren't quite as small as Sony's classic Xperia Compact phones from years gone by. 

Here are all the latest news, leaks and rumours we’ve found so far about the eagerly anticipated Xperia 5 IV smartphone. 

When will the Sony Xperia 5 IV be released?

With the Xperia 1 IV and 10 IV launching in June, it now seems unlikely that the Xperia 5 will be seen at the same time. 

In the case of the current Sony Xperia 5 III, it was revealed to the public in April 2021, but only reached the UK and Europe in September 2021 and landed on US shores in January 2022. 

If an Xperia 5 IV is to see the light of day, it will probably be in the second half of 2022. We can dream. 

Has the Xperia 5 IV been cancelled?

One pre-event rumour came from Weibo tipster Caybule - normally a fairly reliable source on Sony - who claims that one of the 2022 Xperia models has been cancelled, though doesn't say which. Now the Xperia 1 IV and 10 IV are official, it makes sense that this is the Xperia 5 IV.

With Apple also expected to drop the Mini from the upcoming iPhone 14 line-up, there's good reason for concern that small phones just don't sell enough, and that the 5 IV might be at risk, but we'll have to wait a little longer to find out.

How much will the Sony Xperia 5 IV cost?

As there was no official information at the May Xperia event, there’s no confirmation of the price you can expect for the Xperia 5 IV.

If it does see the light of day it’s a good bet that it won’t be cheap though. Sony packs the Xperia 5 models with premium flagship components, complemented by some of the best build quality in the industry, all of which add up to some big ticket prices for potential customers.    

Here’s how the previous models lined up in terms of cost:

The upward trend in pricing isn’t great, but we think there’s a good chance that Sony has topped out at the price point for the Xperia 5 IV. Keeping the price below that classic thousand mark is good for marketing, although we have seen many manufacturers bust through it without blinking an eye in recent years. Hopefully the Xperia 5 IV will hold steady with the price points of its predecessor rather than set a new higher figure. 

The Xperia 1 IV is to launch at £1,299, £100 more than the Xperia 1 III. This means a potential Xperia 5 IV might demand £999 in the UK. 

What are the Xperia 5 IV specs?

We’ve seen some interesting news and rumours about the kind of specifications you can expect with a possible new model. Several sites, including GSM Arena, have reported on a leak from China that outlines several specs for the upcoming device. 

These include a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor at the heart of the Xperia 5 IV - the processor the Xperia 1 IV is confirmed now to have. 

There are some thoughts that the Xperia 5 IV could geta Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, which would be a slightly beefed up version of the current chip, but as Qualcomm has yet to announce the new processor, it still remains just speculation. But if the phone is coming later in the year, it is possible. 

It’s pretty much agreed in all the reports that we’ve seen that Sony will stick with the 6.1in OLED display that’s been a hallmark of the Xperia 5 series. With this you can also be pretty sure that the 120Hz refresh rate, 1080 x 2520 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio also make a reappearance in the IV, albeit this time protected by Gorilla Glass Victus rather than the Gorilla Glass 6 found on the Xperia 5 III. 

The only other change that has been reported is an increase to the 4500mAh battery, but it’s not stated by how much. Otherwise, the Xperia 5 IV looks like it will share the same specs as the model it replaces, including the three-camera setup comprising three 12Mp sensors with wide, ultrawide and telephoto capabilities. 

Here’s a breakdown of the Xperia 5 III specs so you can see what the Xperia 5 IV might look like: 

  • 6.1in 1080x2520 21:9 ‘CinemaWide’ OLED display, 120Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128/256GB storage
  • microSD expandable
  • 12Mp f/1.7 24mm wide camera w/ OIS
  • 12Mp f/2.2 16mm ultrawide camera
  • 12Mp f/2.3 70mm 2.9x / f/2.8 105mm 4.4x telephoto camera w/ OIS
  • 8Mp f/2.0 front-facing camera
  • Android 11
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Gorilla Glass 6
  • IP65/68 certified
  • 4500mAh battery
  • 30W fast-charging
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • 168g
  • 157×68×8.2mm

We’ll be updating this article as more details become available, so check back regularly to see what we uncover. In the meantime, you can also read our roundups of the best Android phones and best phones coming in 2022