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Sony said to be planning new 18:9 flagship for IFA 2017

Sony has already launched its flagship Xperia XZ Premium for 2017, but it seems the Japanese company feels like it’s missing out on the latest trend in 18:9 displays. In an effort to compete with the likes of the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, it is said to be planning a new flagship handset for IFA 2017 this fall.

LG was first to introduce the new aspect ratio with its G6, and Samsung was quick to follow with the Galaxy S8 series. The 18:9 layout is taller than previous smartphone displays, giving users more room to view web pages, long chat conversations, and wide-screen videos. Now Sony wants to show it can offer the same.

Despite recently launching the Xperia XZ Premium, one of the world’s first handsets with a 4K screen, the company is said to be preparing a new handset with an 18:9 display, measuring 6 inches and offering a 2160×1080 resolution, for IFA. It has already entered mass-production, according to a tipster on Chinese micro-blogging network Weibo.

The image at the top of this post is said to be that new Sony phone in the flesh. Like its competitors, it has super-slim bezels and no physical buttons. It’s not yet clear what kind of internal specifications we can expect, so we’ll have to wait until IFA — or until more leaks trickle through — to find out more.

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