Sony’s smartphones have mostly looked the same for a number of years now. A new leak suggests the company may finally be in for a change and incorporate the trendy bezel-less display design. The Japanese company officially confirmed that it will be revamping design language of its 2018 smartphones. This should happen because Sony has been using the same design for more than four years now, which is underwhelming by current market standards. If Apple has become the boss of using the same design for three years in a row, Sony is more to Apple in this department.
A screenshot showing specs of a yet unannounced Sony phone bearing model number H8541 surfaced in China. Sony H8541 will be the company’s 2018 flagship since it boasts a 5.7-inch display with 4K HDR resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Interestingly, the H8541 measures 149 x 74 x 7.5mm making it smaller and thinner than the Xperia XZ premium (156 x 77 x 7.9mm). Yet, the upcoming H8541 packs a larger 5.7-inch display than Xperia XZ’ 5.50-inch screen. This could only mean the new Sony device will come with thinner bezels and pack a taller screen, potentially adopting an 18:9 aspect ratio.
And it’s not the first time we are hearing about Sony coming with their bezel-less smartphone. Previous rumours suggested the company will ditch its OmniBalance design for upcoming phones and instead release devices using only the new Mirai design.
Furthermore, Sony’s new flagship is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The H8541 will come with Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, a USB Type-C port connectivity and IP68 water and dust resistance. Other specs include a larger 3,420 mAh battery and Android 8.0 Oreo right out of the box. Unfortunately, there are no details on the cameras yet.
There’s no timeline on when the redesigned smartphone might arrive, but the earliest possibility is February next year. Sony typically launches its latest flagships at Mobile World Congress and IFA events. So we will have to probably wait for the MWC 2018 where the all-new ‘bezel-less’ Xperia may be rolled out.