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Is Sony finally ready to embrace modern design?

by Justin Herrick | December 8, 2017December 8, 2017 9:00 am EST

Trends are common in the mobile industry, but Sony doesn’t care to embrace any of them. Its phones have gone mostly unchanged for many years. Just look at the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact, which debuted in August but have designs from 2013. Somehow the company doesn’t understand its big-bezel appearance is dated.

Maybe as 2018 approaches Sony is finally realizing it’s time for change. A new leak suggests not one but two upcoming Xperia-branded phones will have full-screen fronts. Top and bottom bezels would be minimized, giving a modern vibe we’ve always wanted from Sony.

Here are the leaked images, courtesy of GizChina:

The front of these phones reveal displays with barely-there bezels on the sides while the top and bottom bezels have been greatly thinned. Compared to Sony’s other phones, this duo could trick you into believing another company made them.

It also doesn’t seem that the company will release two models different in only size. Overall, the designs here are very independent from each other. The model on the left is made of glass, and the model on the right is made of metal. There’s also a fingerprint scanner back on the metal-made model but not on the glass-made model; however, the latter might ship with an in-glass fingerprint scanner.

What the phones do share, though, is a dual-camera setup. Sony is likely using the same camera technology for each.

The source says both phones have 5.7-inch displays with 4K resolution, and obviously the aspect ratio is 18:9. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, which was just announced for a 2018 release, is allegedly powered Sony’s upcoming phones. They’ll have 6GB of RAM, USB-C ports, and Android 8.0 Oreo as well. Of course the specifications are rumored, but if they hold up true it could bring some interest back to Sony and the Xperia brand.

It’s unknown how much Sony will ask for either phone, but at least one of them is expected to start at $950. So there’s no doubt the company believes it can charge the same as Apple and Samsung for high-end hardware.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...