Update: The below photo of what has been reported to be the Xperia 3 has turned out to be a picture of the Xperia 1 from AndroidPIT's review of the phone. That likely means the below leak is false information.
Original story: Sony's phone strategy is currently a little confusing, with the introduction of the flagship Xperia 1 in February this year and the slightly less flagship Xperia 5 in September, as it seems the next phone from the company will be called the Xperia 3.
Spotted in leaked photos from Chinese website CNMO, the phone is expected to come with the Xperia 3 branding as well as sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset.
That's a chipset that has yet to be unveiled by Qualcomm, but it's expected to be the next-gen model we see Qualcomm launch in December, and it's likely to feature in phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S11 and OnePlus 8.
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The leak also suggests that Sony will be offering two versions of the phone - one with 5G support, and the other without. You can expect to spend a touch extra on the 5G variant of the phone, if 5G models from other companies are anything to go by.
The leaked photos of the Xperia 3 don't show much change in the design of the phone from the Xperia 1. There's a slight camera bump, which looks to be in a circular housing, but it's difficult to tell from the shot of the phone on its side.
The Sony Xperia 3 also seems to sport a fingerpint sensor on the side of the phone, but again that's difficult to confirm from the above shot.
Take all of this with a big pinch of salt though as the information and even the images could easily be fake.
The Xperia brand's naming structure is now confusing to say the least. The Xperia 1 is called such as it's the top-end phone in the company's series, followed by the Xperia 5 as its next most high-tech phone and then the Xperia 10 as its mid-range choice.
If the company opts for the Xperia 3 name, will that mean it's a follow-up to the Xperia 1 or does it mean it will sit somewhere between the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5? We're unlikely to know for certain until MWC 2020 next February when Sony is expected to unveil its next flagship.