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Did Sony China just tease & delete a new Xperia device render?

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Did Sony China just tease & delete a new Xperia device render?
Smartphone manufacturers are well known for taking to Twitter and other social media to tease upcoming devices, but rarely do we get as meaty leaks as the one that Sony's Chinese arm allegedly posted a few hours ago on its Weibo feed. The post, since removed, shows a render of a mysterious device from all sides. Since we were a little late to the party, it is now impossible to verify if that post, indeed, existed, but several sources in China seem to think so. If true, this would rank as a monumental misstep on the part of Sony China's PR people, or just some weird stunt.

The render itself shows us a seemingly thin device with a metal frame encasing it. The top and bottom bezels are nearly non-existent, with the latter housing a circular, Meizu MX4-like home button (we suspect). As you can see for yourself, the renders are kind of crude, and remind more of a concept than something that can actually be engineered at this point in time.

Obviously, it's tempting to suggest that this could be a very early look at what the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4 will look like, though we wouldn't bet our lunch money on it. If the Xperia Z3 is any indication, Sony is moving to rounder aesthetics for its phones, and the device seen here reminds us a lot more of the company's previous efforts.

Did Sony China just tease & delete a new Xperia device render?

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posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:10 3

1. greenelektron (Posts: 531; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Rectangle much!

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:40 4

20. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


A 7" rectangle corn(er)y hugeblet

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 13:15

25. BruceLeeRoyJenkins (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Looks very similar to one of the concept designs that were leaked during the Sony hack

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:11 12

2. joseram695 (Posts: 79; Member since: 28 May 2012)


If this is a legitimate Sony device this thing is just plain sexy imo

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:19 1

7. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I'm liking it! But where is the front facing speakers? :/

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:32 4

15. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


i think the top and bottom line pattern on front is actually speaker grills

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:32 1

18. tnuc2014 (Posts: 255; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


I think they are the series of dots top and bottom of the device?

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 12:17 2

24. bur60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Might be the new Z4 Ultra...nvm its a fake

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:14 2

3. Limbopope (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


I don't know why it makes me think of a refrigerator.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:16 1

4. sram145 (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


This is what the original experia should look like without that ugly bezel.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:16 5

5. surethom (Posts: 674; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Dont like the very pointy corners.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:17

6. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Is that a USB type C port?

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:28

14. romeo1 (Posts: 718; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


I didn't think of that but i guess you are right

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:19 2

8. A.o.D (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Mar 2015)


This cant be the z4. The leaked frame doesn't match. Its something else. Z4 ultra maybe. Or its fake

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:21

9. ryq24 (Posts: 722; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I thought Sony is abandoning the chinese market?

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:24

10. romeo1 (Posts: 718; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


This looks very nice especially the part where the front facing speakers are. But the sim and sd slots( i guess???) are not so good Just like the ones apple was or is using I'm not sure. Anyway those things are rubbish. This is a concept though as ther is no usb port. Hope the speaker grills will make it into production.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:24 5

11. mixedfish (Posts: 1177; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


This as fake as fake can be. Why would they post such an unprofessional picture like that.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:26 1

12. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


If it's from China its probably fake.

posted on 13 Mar 2015, 12:24 1

32. neela_akaash (Posts: 1187; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


All the iPhone 6 leaks were from china...

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:27

13. istitch (Posts: 181; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


the chinese caption loosely translates to
since you have chosen the path, why still bother how long it could go

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:32

16. DonChoi (Posts: 32; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I guess that is equipped with the world's first smartphone Z4 Under glass fingerprint sensor.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:32 14

17. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


FAKE FAKE FAKE! BOOO Phone Arena. Here's the linkhttp://www.concept-phones.com/cool-concepts/meizu-mx6-2016-flagship-specs-match/

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:35 1

19. JetMK (Posts: 91; Member since: 31 Jan 2015)


lol well there you have it folks

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:42 1

21. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


nice find bro

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 10:43 1

22. isprobi (Posts: 653; Member since: 30 May 2011)


With minimal bezels where can I put my thumbs without covering up something in landscape mode? When I watch a movie in landscape I hold the phone using one or both hands with my thumb on the front and fingers in the back.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 11:02

23. josephnero (Posts: 555; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


http://www.concept-phones.com/cool-concepts/meizu-mx6-2016-flagship-specs-match/

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 13:45

26. Dr.SamX (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 16:33

27. JnCrls (unregistered)


Oh no, now their Weibo account was hacked too!!!!

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 16:34

28. gosselin (Posts: 89; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


I like the design. It looks cool

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 18:14

29. NightSurfer (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Sep 2014)


I like it, my dream slim design phone, I want my phone to stand on its side when taking camera timer or watching movies or digital tv. And the discreet front facing speakers and less top and bottom bezel. The only missing is the Sony logo. Hopefully, they make it real.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 19:28

30. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


if speakers on top and bottom it will cover in landscape mode.when holding.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 20:29

31. ESilber (Posts: 49; Member since: 01 Feb 2015)


probably fake. but I like the thinner bezels on the top and bottom ends. the thinner the better

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