Sony Xperia XZ2
Sony churns phones more often than we have hot meals. Having announced the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1, new rumours then appeared suggesting that Sony wants to change its smartphone design. That’s big news, because we’ve essentially had the same OmniBalance design in Sony Xperia phones since the Xperia Z.
Now there’s talk of what we’re calling the Xperia XZ2. A render appeared that shows no bezel, as well as a spec sheet that details a 5.48-inch display with Full HD resolution, a Snapdragon 845 and twin rear 12-megapixel cameras, with a 15-megapixel camera on the front. With a range of devices leaking it’s a little sketchy at the moment, but Sony Mobile does like to launch at Mobile World Congress, so perhaps a late-February launch.
After sticking with a similar design for its flagship phones for a good few years now, Sony may finally be ready to come up with something new.
That’s according to Sony India’s managing director Kenichiro Hibi, who has told The Indian Express that Sony plans to introduce a new generation of smartphones and with it, a new design.
We have deployed an omnibalance design as long as the X series continue to be available in the market. Also, we are planning to launch new generation of products and you can expect a complete new design from the devices” [sic]
It would be safe to assume that Sony will also adopt an 18:9 display to compete with its rivals.
Sony’s OmniBalance design has definitely started to feel a bit dated. and with a similar design being used for the majority of its phones, whether they be flagship or mid-range, it’s often hard to distinguish them from each other. Therefore a new design will be well received.
Sony occasionally uses CES in Las Vegas to show of new devices at the beginning of the year, so we may see a new phone, or at least hear more on Sony’s plans at the 2018 show in January.