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As you’ll no doubt have heard, Sony has announced some exciting new handsets with incredible features here at MWC in Barcelona.

The Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus have a 21:9 Wide display, while the Xperia 1 comes with unprecedented professional technologies, as well as the world’s first 4K HDR OLED display.*

There’s also been a lot of speculation around 5G – one of the hottest topics at MWC this year. At the Sony booth, you can find Sony’s 5G mmWave smartphone prototype, giving an indication of the amazing speed and effectiveness of the technology.

The Sony booth at MWC

To get the full lowdown, we sat down with Mitsuya Kishida, President and Representative Director, Sony Mobile, to find out how 5G will change the smartphone world for both customers and the wider industry, as well as where Sony is on the journey to 5G.

5G is the buzzword at MWC this year, but the average consumer isn’t always clear on what it means for them. Why is 5G so important?
5G will undoubtedly play a huge role in the smartphone industry moving forward, especially in the new era of content creation. At Sony we are fascinated with the potential of capturing reality, while also delivering Real-Time value, with a lack of latency and content delivery with immediacy. We believe live and Real-Time content will be greatly accelerated with the introduction of 5G.

Kishida-san introduces new Xperia smartphones at MWC

What possibilities does Sony envisage becoming reality as a result of 5G?
Sony collaborates with creators and provides cutting-edge digital imaging technologies, products and solutions from consumer to professional. And we see three possibilities in the field of entertainment.

When it comes to music, 360-degree recording in high resolution with our industry leading cameras will enables us to capture every aspect of live music.

Through volumetric recording, consumers will be able to enjoy live sports in 360 viewing to feel all the excitement.

And third, in studios, 5G will enable us to distribute mass data with point cloud capturing, offering new ways to create content – we can bring about telepresence in real time.

Is 5G important for Sony?
As a creative entertainment company underpinned by technology, Sony is making a revolution in content creation. 5G will be essential to realising the full potential of Sony — across all our businesses.

Mitsuya Kishida talks about 5G at the Sony MWC press conference

Is Sony currently working on a 5G smartphone?
We are working with partners globally to make 5G – both Sub-6 gigahertz and mmWave – a reality. You can find Sony’s 5G mmWave smartphone prototype displayed at MWC on our booth.

What does the future hold for Sony and 5G?
This 5G future is essential for our Sony group, and Sony Mobile will be more relevant than ever to content creation, viewing, and sharing.  Sony will continue to pursue our passions in mobile.  In the near future, empowered by 5G capability, the mobile device will be more versatile and enrich your life.

*Xperia 1 features a 6.5 inch Ultra Wide 4K (1644 x 3840px) OLED High Dynamic Range (HDR) display. Verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX Service against the published display specifications for over 14,000 smartphones. Correct as of the 8th February 2019.