The Sony hacking scandal has made headlines all around the globe over the last couple of weeks, and the nightmare appears to be continuing for the technology giant as it is believed that its next flagship smartphone has also been leaked.
Making the rumoured new handset even more interesting is the fact that it has come about thanks to a James Bond movie product pitch.
While many of us are very excited about the announcement of Sam Mendes’ latest 007 instalment, Spectre, Sony’s chief executive officer, Michael Lynton, will undoubtedly be very unhappy after images of the new device were found in his emails which were hacked.
If the rumours of the leaked images turn out to be true, the images in the emails will most likely refer to a product placement pitch for the film.
Alongside the image of the device are the taglines “The Elemental” and “Xperia Z fourth generation”.
According to the report by Gizmodo, the email, which was sent by Sony’s executive vice president of consumer marketing, George Leon, also includes some initial designs as well as details on placement fees that could be given to the film’s star, Daniel Craig, should he be photographed using the handset.
The email states: “Sony Electronics is now combing the production request list and will shortly tell us what they can provide. Sony MOBILE has now provided us with the needed visuals of the new Z4 Phones. These phones are the planned phones for MAY/NOVEMBER of 2015. I'm attaching the visual for you to see.”
While this leaked email just shows a preliminary concept for the new Sony smartphone, it does suggest that the company is feeling confident enough with with its proposed device enough for them to send it across to the movie for consideration.
Will James Bond be using the Sony Xperia Z4 during his missions? Only time will tell!