Sony is supposedly prepping to launch a new smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, suggests a teaser video posted from Xperia’s twitter account. The video displays ripple strings flowing down to touch a hand followed by the date of MWC. This means, whatever Sony is planning to come up with will be unveiled at the MWC.
Sony is known for releasing a new phone at the MWC, and possibly, this time it could be the one with curved edges. The series of curves could mean that Sony is prepping a new form factor, possibly a curved screen. There is little argument over the fact that the rounded structure looks far better and in-trend compared to the blocky designs with sharp edges.
— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) February 19, 2018
During the MWC 2017, Sony unveiled the much celebrated Xperia XZ Premium phone, which was dubbed as the best new smartphone at MWC 2017. The Xperia XZ scored well on every front, but the design was once again a major setback. In comparison, handsets such as the LG G6, Galaxy S8 and iPhone X came up with an all-screen handset with minimal bezels.
Hints of a new design also came a few days back, when Sony wrote a dismissal request to the FCC citing “design change” as the reason. Many believe that the company wants to change the form factor of both the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 pro completely. One of the handsets is rumored to come with a 4k OLED. There are also rumors of a 18:9 display and narrow bezel in the upcoming smartphone, ditching the OmniBalance design.
A different theory, however, suggests that the last minute aesthetic changes are probably not the “change,” but the letter could be about the radio specs rather than external designs. According to a well-known tipster, Roland Quandt, “it (the change) is highly likely just about radio stuff, not about what the phone looks like.”
Roland clearly means that the audiences should not hope for a major design upheaval, notes GizmoChina. The upcoming Sony handset is largely believed to be different from the predecessor, and if it has to be given a design change, it would have been thought about long ago, and not a last minute change.
Alternatively, ripples could also have something to do with the sound as Sony has long considered sound as one of the distinguishing features for its smartphones. The Japanese electronics maker has already ported BRAVIA television display technology on its Xperia handsets. So, this time around it could be something related to the sound, notes SlashGear. However, nothing can be said with surety. But, we won’t have to wait long as Sony’s big reveal will come on Feb. 26.
Meanwhile, Sony recently released Xperia XA2, a smart looking phone. The handset reveals Sony’s intention to solidify its position in the mid-range segment. The Xperia XA2 sports a 5.2-inch display and is powered by Qualcomm’s latest mid-range processor (1.95GHz octa-core Snapdragon 635), making it perfect for everyday use. Further, the handset sports 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.
Battery power of the smartphone is impressive. In alphr’s looped video battery test in flight mode and screen brightness set at 170cd/m2, the phone managed 14 hours and 27 minutes.