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Sony Xperia XZ premium with SailfishOS any chance soon!?

asked 2018-08-30 23:38:18 +0200

Marti Masa K gravatar image

updated 2018-08-31 07:13:08 +0200

As much as I like my Xperia X with SFOS and believe it was a wise decision of Jolla to choose this device for SailfishX, a premium-like device would be a great showcase of the capabilities of SFOS! The Sony Xperia XZ premium is included in Sony's Open Devices Program. Also binaries are available, and I do not see any reason why one would not be able to flash SailfishX on it. Why would Jolla not be able to modify the flash script and make the flashing to the XZ premium official? I'm happy to pay for a licence!

The reason why I like this phone so much and looking forward to have SFOS on it is, because I got one which was broken and I was able to fix it. The screen was broken (price of an replacement was around 50€) and while having had this phone open, I noticed that the battery could be also easily be changed and the charging port (usb-c) as well. Besides the nice aluminium frame and enclosure, this beast of phone has the best screen ever seen in a phone with the highest pixel density, e.g. twice as much than the retina display of iphone. Also, it has decent amount of RAM and is waterproof to some extend. However, to sum this up: it's a incredible nice piece of hardware (think of an upgrade to the Xperia X), one year newer than Xperia X which is currently also getting affordable (prices between 500..400€) due to the fact that the Xperia XZ2 premium is currently cannibalizing its predecessor. My thoughts are not a duplicate of this thread but I noticed in other channels that I'm not alone with my "request"! I would like to hear your opinions about this matter. Cheers, Marti

BTW, I did flash this phone with AOSP i.e. CarbonROM OS and I'm aware of loosing some functionaries but I know how to get all of it back ;-) Still, having SFOS on it would be a dream come true! One obstacle might be that after opening the boot-loader, Sony allows not to safe camera images. They are saved instead as green images at least in Android. However, this can be fixed by or see

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answered 2018-08-31 11:17:24 +0200

L_A_G gravatar image

updated 2018-08-31 13:12:04 +0200

If Jolla was a bigger company with more resources it would make perfect sense, but the problem is that Jolla is a pretty small company and when so-called "halo devices" like the XZ Premium are designed the companies that make them pretty much throw everything but the kitchen sink at them. The upshot of this is that halo devices end up being the hardest devices to support to any satisfactory degree as they've got way more features than cheaper models and they've got the newest high-end sensors, requiring a lot of additional work that probably isn't going to be necessary when adding support for a lower end device.

Don't get me wrong, it would be nice to see SailfishOS on a high end device, but with limited resources on Jolla's side, I'm skeptical as to if it's the best use for available resources. After all, the Turing phone with SailfishOS happened because the manufacturer themselves wanted to license the OS rather than Jolla taking it upon themselves to support the device like with the Xperia X. In other words if you want SailfishOS on your ZX Premium, you should probably get Sony to take it upon themselves to do it or pay Jolla to do it.

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