Last week, details emerged suggesting that Sony is working on a bezel-less smartphone to be unveiled this coming 2018, probably at the MWC event in February.
At the time, the details claimed the alleged Sony Xperia phone will ship with a 5.7-inch screen with a UHD resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 on top. In addition, the said bezel-less phone will come with this year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 running the show alongside 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
Being a premium phone, the leaked specs sheet also pointed towards an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C and Android Oreo out of the box. Apparently, the Sony Xperia phone will measure just 149mm tall, which is nearly the same size as the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 that measures 148mm tall.
The specs sheet didn’t give any indication that this Sony Xperia phone will come with a bezel-less display. However, the measurements gave it all. As noted, the Galaxy S8 has a massive 5.8-inch display screen and thanks to its bezel-less design, it only measures 148mm tall. Looking at the leaked Sony Xperia’s height of 149mm, it’s obvious that this is a phone with ultra-narrow bezels.
Now, in newly leaked images, alleged Sony Xperia smartphones with close to no bezels have just popped up online giving us a first look at what could be the first “bezel-less” smartphones from the Japanese OEM. The leak comes courtesy of GizChina, which makes it non-official, but it’s worth looking at, especially if you are a Sony fan who has been longing for this day to come.
The leaked images show off two different Sony Xperia phones, giving us full views of the back and front panels. The phones are slightly different in size and shape, where one adopts more rounded edges as compared to the other, but Sony’s traditional sharp edges seem to be disappearing. On the brighter side, the dual stereo speakers seem to be keeping their place on both leaked phones and the SONY logo will also be on the slimmed-down top bezel.
While there are no bezels at all on the sides, there are small ones on the top and bottom for obvious reasons. When it comes to the back panels of the two phones, there are some interesting developments. Apparently, both handsets will ship with a dual-lens camera, marking Sony’s official entry into the dual-lens camera craze. Even though both leaks show off horizontal setups, the arrangements are slightly different.
On one handset, the LED flash is in between the two lenses right in the middle of the phone’s upper section while on the other, the LED flash is on the side of the two lenses, which are placed in one corner akin to the iPhone 8 Plus or OnePlus 5. The interesting bit doesn’t stop there as the it appears that Sony will finally ditch the side-mounted fingerprint scanner in favor of a rear-mounted sensor, something that could allow U.S. users to finally enjoy using this feature.
As pointed out, these are not official images from Sony, but as is with each release, leaks are not to be taken lightly. In most cases, these are what give us an early look into upcoming gadgets and since not all of them usually materialize, it’s important that you take this one with a grain of salt.
Sony introduced the Xperia X family at the MWC 2016 and refreshed the series at this year’s MWC event. If this pattern is to be retained, the tech giant should also attend the upcoming MWC 2018 event, which is when we could get our first real-life look at these two beauties.